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Former Los Angeles Laker Brian Shaw had some strong words about the New York Knicks head coaching job during his SportsCenter appearance.

By Chip Murphy

Brian Shaw played and coached under Phil Jackson for the Los Angeles Lakers for 10 seasons.

No one knows the triangle offense or Jackson’s thinking better than one of his most trusted confidants.

After failing miserably as a head coach in Denver, Shaw is obviously looking for another opportunity.

It doesn’t look like that will be happening with Jackson’s New York Knicks.

Shaw made some telling comments during a SportsCenter interview about why he doesn’t expect to be interviewed by his old boss for the Knicks head coaching position, via ESPN NewYork’s Ian Begley.

When asked about the vacant job, Shaw said he doesn’t expect to be interviewed.

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.”

Shaw’s comments bring more pain to every Knicks’ fan. It’s no secret that Jackson prefers Rambis as the next head coach, but to actually hear it from someone who knows him is telling.

With all signs pointing to Jackson still being on vacation in Montana, there’s no reason to think that anyone but Rambis is a serious candidate.


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