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Byron Scott

Who will be the next coach of the Lakers?

Shaw is Bryant's guy

K.C. Johnson

Chicago Tribune

Assuming Phil Jackson doesn't get bored looking at Montana's big sky and pull a reversal nobody expects, Brian Shaw will be the next Lakers coach.

Bigger names are out there, but none has the endorsement of Kobe Bryant, and why would management want to alienate its best player? It's not like Shaw is a novice either. He has interviewed for other head coaching openings. He knows how to run the triangle offense, even if Ron Artest doesn't. And Bryant said he spoke for his teammates when he went public with his Shaw support in early April.

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