Brian Shaw was surprised the Lakers didn't hire Phil Jackson. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)
Brian Shaw was definitely surprised the Lakers didn't hire Phil Jackson after firing Mike Brown this month. Shaw was particularly taken aback that they informed Jackson in a midnight phone call of their choice to hire Mike D'Antoni.
"Under the circumstances, Phil Jackson, who's been there and done that and put a lot of money in everybody's pockets around here, the way it was done . . . it's mind-boggling," Shaw said Monday in an interview with The Times. "I was joking with him, at least you got a phone call, even though it was midnight.
"In 11 years he was coach here, he took the team to the Finals seven times and won five. I don't know if any of the other 29 teams would have done him the way he was done [by the Lakers] after he had done so much for the organization and the city."
Shaw won three championships as a Lakers player under Jackson and was part of two more on Jackson's coaching staff from 2005 to '11. Shaw returns to Staples Center on Tuesday as the associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers, the right-hand man of Coach Frank Vogel.
Shaw didn't get a phone call from the Lakers after they fired Brown on Nov. 9.
"I'm in a good situation here in Indy, a situation where I have a job," he said. "After how things ended for all of us in L.A. at the end of that last season I was there, there's no reason for me to get my hopes up about anything because if that was the case, something different would have probably been done initially."
Shaw interviewed to replace Jackson after the 2010-11 season. He found out he didn't get the job after seeing media reports of Brown's hiring.
Steve Nash took part in some agility drills and also jogged Monday but won't play Tuesday, missing his 13th game because of a non-displaced fracture in the head of his left fibula. Steve Blake, his backup at point guard, also will not play against Indiana, missing his eighth game because of a strained abdominal muscle.