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.
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.