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Well after practice ended on Thursday, Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell sat for a talk with Lakers associate coach Brian Shaw. Russell later stood up to listen to Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Brian Shaw. Throughout those long discussions, one common message emerged on what they want to see from Russell for final 14 games of the 2016-17 season, including when the Lakers (20-48) host the Milwaukee Bucks (33-34) on Friday at Staples Center. “Be aggressive no matter what my role is,” Russell said after Friday’s morning shootaround. “Just be aggressive.”
While watching a playoff game on television that spring, Shaw saw the report. The Lakers had hired Mike Brown instead. “I felt like I had done everything that was asked of me, went above and beyond,” Shaw said. “Worked my way up from player. I scouted, assistant coach, and had a good rapport with players. And at the end of the day it didn’t work out.”
He spoke Thursday while sitting on a table inside the Lakers practice facility. Julius Randle shot free throws while Jordan Clarkson chatted with reporters. Shaw wore a gray Lakers tee and black sweatpants. Five years after emptying his closet, he is working to rebuild his supply. “I was so – I don’t want to say bitter – but I was upset when I left,” Shaw said.
He said three weeks after interviewing for the head job, he still had not heard from the Lakers. “Usually when a team knows that they’re not going to hire you,” Shaw said, “they call you and say, ‘Hey, we appreciate your interview, we decided to go a different direction.’ At that time I had never gotten that call.”