Brian Shaw, George Karl emerge as top candidates for Clippers coaching job


Lionel Hollins seems to be a tertiary candidate at this point.

Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw and former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl have emerged as the top two candidates for the vacant Los Angeles Clippers head job,'s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne reported Thursday.

The report called Shaw the leading candidate. Shaw was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers from 2004-11 and was a candidate to replace Phil Jackson when he retired following the 2011 season. When Mike Brown got the job instead, Shaw was hired as Indiana's associate head coach.

Karl emerged quickly as a candidate after being fired in Denver on Thursday morning, according to the report. The report also said the Clippers, knowing a change in Denver was imminent, have been keeping their eyes on the situation for several weeks. Karl, who is the reigning NBA Coach of the Year, was coach of the Nuggets since 2005 and has 1,131 career wins.

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins is also considered a candidate for the job.

Vinny Del Negro was fired from the Clippers last week.

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