Brian Shaw says that he heard about the Lakers hiring Mike Brown on the TV. That's bad. As a lifelong Laker fan, it hurts me to find out that that's how he found out. I wanted him to be the coach, but I'm happy with Mike Brown.
Now the problem is--does this come back to bite them? Remember, Shaw was a player favorite in LA. The guys really liked him (and he played with some of those guys.) That gets you a ton of respect, and it can't be earned back very easily.
So, with Shaw moving on, are the Lakers going to get in trouble because they ignored the players when they hired their new coach? Could they have a locker room issue just because they were not "heard" when the deal was done?
Well, I think that's a distinct possibility. Guys like Kobe, Odom, and Gasol don't "care" that much. They want to win. Sure, they'd rather have precisely who they want, but if they can't have that they get over it an move on.
Younger guys, guys who are relatively new to the team, and Andrew Bynum, may not take it so well. In fact, they may get upset enough to not buy into Mike Brown's system completely. Basketball players are not all conflict resolution specialists. They all can't get in a good psychological place and deal with their emotions like a professional (that's why players are out of basketball with every new season.)
I'm especially concerned about Andrew Bynum. It was nearly impossible for Phil Jackson to rein him in. I mean, Phil is the best coach in the history of North American professional sports, and he couldn't completely get a handle on Bynum. Who's to say that Bynum won't check out altogether?
I can totally see that happening. It scares me to death, but I'm not going to ignore the idea that Andrew Bynum is a nutcase. Colin Cowherd even has a clip that ESPN uses as a commercial for his show where he calls Bynum a "headcase."
Let's say Bynum goes crazy and off the reservation. Is Kobe going to have time to put up with his crap, again? I don't think so. This could, potentially, cause a huge rift in the locker room that will pit Kobe and the rest of the team against Bynum. If you know what's good for you, you side with Kobe.
Now, there's a locker room war going on with the biggest person on the team, a guy that some people want traded, and now the heat to acquire Dwight Howard gets even more intense. That's the last thing the Lakers need.
If I had it my way, I'd trade Bynum as soon as the lockout is lifted because I fear this very scenario, and, if you're being honest with yourself, you know that it's entirely possible. Entirely. Possible.
I hate to think that letting an assistant get away won't get to this point, but it's too much of a possibility to ignore.
Bye bye, Andrew.