Shaquille O’Neal throws a wrench in the LA Lakers’ search for a head coach to replace Frank Vogel. After reports surfaced that Los Angeles had narrowed the candidates down to three, Shaq is urging his former team to include someone the Lakers have known for years.
In an episode of “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” the Hall of Famer brings in former LA Clippers teammate and current assistant coach Brian Shaw. The three-time champion is no stranger to the Lakers’ front office and needs no introduction to what he can offer the team.
Here’s how O’Neal surprised NBA and basketball fans with who he thinks he should hire from the LA Lakers as a coach:
“I want all the nominated boys to have this chance. Darvin Ham, all these guys. I would like to see Brian Shaw as head coach. Let me tell you why. He knows the system, he knows the people and I think he can do the same as Ty Lue. Ty Lue was player-coach.”
Shaq understands that dealing with the Lakers front office is just as important as having a respectful voice in the locker room. He’s confident Shaw will have no trouble adjusting to the Lakers’ unique, if not irksome, behind-the-scenes maneuvers.
“Brian Shaw, he knows (executives) Linda (Rambis), Kurt (Rambis), (owner) Jeanie (Buss). He knows how the Lakers operate. He’s on pretty good terms with them. I would like to see him. I haven’t heard his name, I’m posting his name.”
The former NBA journeyman started his coaching career with the Lakers immediately after his retirement. He was on the coaching staff from 2003 to 2011 before moving to the Indiana Pacers. Shaw returned to the Lakers for four years beginning in 2016 and ending in 2019.
Shaquille O’Neal’s connections to Brian Shaw and Tyronn Lue to the LA Lakers
Before establishing themselves as coaches, Brian Shaw and Tyronn Lue earned championship rings playing alongside Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. “B-Shaw” in particular played a mentor-like role for Shaq in O’Neal’s early days with the Orlando Magic and later in Hollywood.
Shaw and O’Neal were teammates for five years, so the legendary big man knows what he’s talking about. More importantly, the Lakers, who are said to have pursued Lue, will find Shaw to be an able coach who has some of Lue’s best skills and traits as a coach.
If Los Angeles can’t get Shaw, O'[Neal is going the opposite way by lobbying for an established voice with the rings to back him up:
“I would like to see a legendary franchise get a legendary coach to bring them back to legendary status. Let me tell you something about me. You put me with a guy that ain’t got no coaching experience, I’m not listening to him. You put me with a guy that ain’t never got no championship experience, I’m not listening to him.”
O’Neal still has strong connections with the Lakers. It remains to be seen how his former team will react to the ringing endorsements of Shaw and a legendary coach.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/he-knows-system-knows-people-i-think-can-thing-ty-lue-did-shaquille-o-neal-lobbying-la-clippers-assistant-become-la-lakers-head-coach?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “He knows the system, he knows the people and I think he can do the same thing that Ty Lue did”