Are you a former NBA head coach or assistant? Well, guess what, the Kings want to talk to you about a very exciting opportunity!
So many names keep popping up as potential candidates for the Kings job that it's starting to feel a little like a game show. The latest rumor, from the very trustworthy and reliable Sam Amick, is former Nuggets' head coach Brian Shaw, who so far is the only candidate with experience replacing George Karl.
The Kings search will be very thorough, w/ lots of names, but one previously-unknown candidate has emerged: Brian Shaw. Mutual interest.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 20, 2016
They haven't met yet, but Brian Shaw's hat is in the ring. Champ as a player, head coach experience, Zen Master's influence, Oakland roots.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 20, 2016
Of note: Shaw was the man-in-the-middle of Kobe-Shaq days, usually keeping the big man who is now a Kings minority owner from killing Mamba.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 20, 2016
So...Shaw has a history of connecting with a big man (i.e. DeMarcus Cousins) who loses his cool on occasion. Shaq's Kings ties can't hurt.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 20, 2016
That being said - & as others have noted - the DeMarcus Cousins component is not expected to be a driving force in the Kings coaching search— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 20, 2016
Shaw was not well liked in Denver and did a poor job connecting with a young team and like many Phil Jackson disciples, sent his criticisms through the media rather than face to face. That doesn't exactly sound like someone who would mesh with this current roster.
But hey, why not interview him? Everyone else is getting a chat with Vlade after all.