Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE -Presswire
The Orlando Magic have yet to begin their coaching search, as team CEO Alex Martins is still interviewing candidates for their vacant General Manager position, but at least one candidate is angling for an interview with the club. Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel reports former Orlando guard Brian Shaw, currently an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers, is "waiting on the Magic" to make an offer. Shaw has already interviewed with the Charlotte Bobcats but either did not receive an offer from them or rejected it outright, as he would rather coach Orlando.
Shaw has a relationship with the DeVos family, which owns the Magic, dating back to 1994, when he signed with the team as a free agent. That relationship is one reason why team ownership reportedly favors him.
Schmitz quotes one league source as saying Shaw is the only coaching candidate available who "can get to Dwight Howard." Howard and former coach Stan Van Gundy had an infamously contentious relationship. Orlando's superstar center has reportedly told Magic management Shaw is a coach for whom he'd like to play, also naming Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone.
Prior to joining the Pacers, Shaw served as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, earning the respect of the Hall-of-Famer. He left L.A. after it passed him over upon Jackson's retirement, as it elected to hire Mike Brown instead.