The Los Angeles Lakers have yet to announce any members of Luke Walton's assistant coaching staff, but there have been several candidates rumored for positions. There have been indications that Walton will bring Golden State Warriors player development coach Chris DeMarco with him to Los Angeles, while other reports suggest the team could bring in former Houston Rockets interim head coach JB Bickerstaff.
Another name Walton and the Lakers are rumored to be interested in is former Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw, who was a Lakers assistant coach under Phil Jackson when Walton played for the team. Jackson is now president of the New York Knicks, and is himself searching for a head coach. However, it doesn't sound like Shaw thinks he has a chance at that job based on his recent interview with Hannah Storm of ESPN (as transcribed by ESPN New York's Ian Begley), which could make him more likely to take a position on Walton's coaching staff:
"Kurt Rambis is there," Shaw said on SportsCenter in explaining why he doesn't anticipate to be interviewed. "He's very adept at running the triangle, and if Phil Jackson wanted a coach that's going to run that system for him, he has a guy that's there that he has confidence in. So I don't see him bringing in somebody else who has the knowledge of that system when he already has somebody there."
Walton has already stated that he will look to run a system more similar to the Warriors rather than the triangle, but Shaw could still be a good addition to the staff. His tenure in Denver went poorly, but Shaw was considered a standout assistant in both Los Angeles and Indiana, and would bring a ton of coaching experience for an inexperienced head coach to lean on.
Any official announcement on Walton's staff will likely have to wait until his playoff run with the Warriors has ended, but Shaw not being a candidate for New York's head coaching opening could be Los Angeles' gain.
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