Brian Shaw, Potential Phil Jackson Successor, Given Permission To Interview With Warriors

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw is one of the leading candidates to replace retiring Phil Jackson as the team's next head coach. That is, unless he doesn't take another coaching job first. Shaw has received permission from Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak to interview for the Golden State Warriors' coaching position, according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. 

Shaw is interviewing for a Warriors opening vacated by Keith Smart, who was fired after just one season. Shaw has interviewed for head coaching jobs in the past, most notably the Cleveland Cavaliers' position last season, but for him to be interviewing at this point certainly throws into doubt whether the Lakers want to hire him to replace Jackson.

Kupchak confirmed that fellow assistant Chuck Person, who also is a candidate for the Lakers job, has received permission to talk to the Warriors as well. Person, Shaw and former Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman remain the leading candidates to replace Jackson.

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