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Lakers assistant Brian Shaw withdraws name from Cleveland coaching job

June 30, 2010 |  6:10 pm

Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw has decided to take his name out of the running for the head coaching job with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Shaw's agent, Jerome Stanley, said Wednesday afternoon that his client thanked Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and General Manager Chris Grant for the two days of interviewing, but that the process was moving too fast for Shaw to make a decision.

"Brian is withdrawing his name from the Cleveland coaching job," Stanley said in a phone interview. "Things were moving too fast and the timing of everything was at a fast pace."

Shaw, 44, also may remain a candidate to replace Lakers Coach Phil Jackson if he retires.

Either way, Shaw, who along with the rest of the Lakers' coaching staff is in the final month of his contract, probably will be back on the Lakers' bench if Jackson does come back to coach the team.

After meeting with the Cavaliers on Monday and Tuesday, Shaw had become the front-runner to replace fired Cleveland coach Mike Brown, but no offer was made to Shaw.

Byron Scott, who also might be a candidate to replace Jackson, has interviewed with the Cavaliers for the job, about a week before Shaw had his interview.

-- Broderick Turner