So much for loyalty, dedication, and experience. When Phil Jackson retired after the 2010-11 season, everyone thought that Brian Shaw was the perfect guy for the job. Everyone except for the Lakers brass. Despite six years of experience as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson, the Lakers passed up on Shaw and went with former Cavs coach, Mike Brown.
Brown led the Lakers to a 41-25 record in 2011-12 before getting manhandled by the OKC Thunder in the conference semifinals. The next season Brown led the team to a 1-4 record before being replaced by Mike D'Antoni. How's that working for them? The Lake Show is currently 23-26 and sit 3.5 games behind the eighth place Rockets. One has to wonder about the millions of dollars, time, and embarrassment that couldn've been saved had L.A. gone with Shaw back in 2011.