Posted by Sekou Smith
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Don’t count the Cavaliers out just yet Cleveland.
There is hope that you can keep the hometown kid, LeBron James, from bolting for another NBA destination.
If these reports are true about Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw being the Cavaliers’ next coach, this could be a great sign for your chances of swaying James to stay put.
If James is looking for the right kind of coach to help guide his career for the next four or five years, or more, he could do a lot worse than the man many tabbed as Phil Jackson‘s heir apparent in Los Angeles.
Shaw’s 14-year playing career, particularly his time spent mentoring and policing Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, makes him uniquely qualified to deal with players of that caliber.
And his hand in five championships (two as Jackson’s assistant and three as a player) give him a perspective on winning that James hasn’t been able to draw upon during his first seven seasons in the league.
Perhaps even more important, this is a good news situation for the Cavaliers. They’ve been tossed aside as an afterthought in the LeBron sweepstakes since both Mike Brown and Danny Ferry were removed and departed the premises, respectively.
Shaw’s arrival could be the jolt they need, ahead of the midnight July 1 deadline for the open of free agency, to pump some life back into their Keep-The-King-At-Home campaign.