We’re still waiting to see if Phil Jackson will return as the Lakers head coach but more pieces of the puzzle are beginning to come together.   In addition to his travel restrictions, Jackson also has requests in regards to his coaching staff.  Former NBA star Scottie Pippen has been brought into the mix.  Read more after the jump.

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The names that have been tossed around thus far are Kurt Rambis, Jim Cleamons, and Frank Hamblen, all of whom had worked with Jackson in previous seasons in Los Angeles.  But a couple of other names have been added that might catch you off guard.

According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News:

Jackson actually could be in place by Monday, according to league sources, with the Lakers trying to find a way to have Brian Shaw freed up from his coaching duties with the Indiana Pacers so that he can rejoin Jackson in L.A. The former Laker player and assistant coach, long talked about as a potential head coach with the team, is the Pacers’ assistant head coach. To get him out of Indiana, the Lakers will probably need to send the Pacers some sort of compensation.

Jackson is looking at adding Scottie Pippen, his former Chicago Bulls star, to his staff, sources said.

Shaw is currently the assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers so getting him back may not be as easy.  Shaw was also slighted by the Lakers when they chose to hire Mike Brown over him as the new head coach.  He does however have a close relationship with Jackson as the two spent many years working together and I’m sure Phil would gladly hand the reigns over to Brian when he decides he’s done for good.
The addition of Scottie Pippen however comes as a big surprise.  Pippen has publicly claimed to have interest in being a coach but so far hasn’t had any experience.  Working under Phil Jackson would no doubt be an excellent start for him
If all goes through the Lakers will not only have an All-Star staring lineup, they’ll also have an all-star coaching staff.