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Notebook: Frank Interviews in Golden State, Doc’s Highest Paid NBA Coach, Will Shaq Return?

A few nuggets for everyone on this Thursday afternoon.

We’ll start with more news on top lieutenant Lawrence Frank and his prospects for a new head coaching gig. Ken Berger of CBSSports is reporting that in addition to Houston, Golden State is taking a look at Frank for their top spot.

Mike Brown, who was fired after last season despite averaging 54 wins over five seasons in Cleveland, has yet to formally interview with Warriors owner Joe Lacob, sources said. Also in the mix to replace Keith Smart as Warriors coach are Lakers assistants Brian Shaw and Chuck Person, Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank, and Hornets assistant Michael Malone, according to sources. The search is expected to gain momentum in the coming days.

Frank also is one of three finalists for the Rockets’ head coaching position, along with Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey and former Timberwolves coach and GM Kevin McHale. All three are having second interviews this week, sources said, the Rockets officials are in the evaluation process. Two high-level coaching sources said Casey appears to be the favorite for the Houston job.

Appears to be a lot of competition out there for these spots. For Frank, I feel like this could be another Tom Thibodeau situation, where Boston gets to reap the benefits of a top assistant for an extra year, as the rest of the NBA overlooks them in favor of other candidates. And as much as I would want to wish Frank well in his future endeavors, he did a fantastic job this year with the D, given the resources he had to work with. Boston could desperately use him for one more year in their final push for a title.

* Speaking of coaches, Forbes Magazine’s annual look at the top-paid coaches is out, and with Phil Jackson out of the running, Doc Rivers is now the highest paid coach in the league according to the magazine. Rivers will pull in a cool 7 million dollars for the next 5 years. Only Bill Belichick tops Rivers out of all pro coaches, with an annual payday of 7.5 million.

Finally, the New Orleans Times Picayune caught up with Shaquille O’Neal’s mother of all people, who commented that Shaq might return next season:

“He went there to help them win a championship, and they didn’t do that this year,’’ Lucille said. “It bothered him so much that he could not play. He felt like he let the Boston team down and the community down, so I could believe he’s going back to Boston. He’s not in a place to be traded or anything like that.’’

Lucille added O’Neal hasn’t indicated to her what he plans to do.

“I don’t know because Shaquille has got such passion for the game,’’ Lucille said. “(Retirement) we’ve always told him that’s up to him. Whatever decision he makes, we’re still going to be behind him 100 percent.’’

Count me in the camp that things Shaq will be back for one last go-around. The team signed him to a two-year deal in the offseason (second year-player option) at the minimum. There are currently 10 slots to fill on the Celtic roster, (9 if Jermaine O’Neal returns) and the free agent market for mid-level centers is thin at best.

Would I count on Shaq being able to contribute much? Absolutely not. However, if the team holds him out until the second half of the year (a la P.J. Brown) they could potentially try to nurse him to the finish line, while taking advantage of his still more than serviceable offensive and rebounding resources. It’s a big if, but given the way he went out this year, you can count on Shaq giving it one more shot if his body allows it.

  • danny strange

    Why not? Hold him out till the later part of the season and see how it goes. It's not like he's costing a ton to sit on the bench.

    • tanstaafl

      But Shaq does weigh a ton, and that might impact the bench………………

  • Batman

    Get Mike Brown as an assistant coach if we can
    Hes a great offensive coach

    • I_Love_Green

      Mike Brown is a great defensive coach. Absolutely awful offensive coach.

      • Batman

        You're right i exaggerated him as a great offensive coach but hes still above average

        • I_Love_Green

          He's awful. His offense was Bron ball.

          • Batman

            That is a common misconception.. Yes Lebron has a tendency to hijack offenses, but their gameplan was pretty solid. It didn't look pretty to the outside eyes because it mostly involved Lebron isos, but he is a good offense coach in my opinion.

          • Hank Single

            He's a legitimately terrible offensive coach. That's not a subjective thing.

  • Morpheus

    Absolutely love to have a healthy Shaq back mid season.

  • I_Love_Green

    Would be great to have Shaq for the 2nd half of the year, and if there's a lockout, he won't even have to play that many games.

  • Batman

    Hmm after doing some more research I agree with you lol

    • I_Love_Green

      Haha well I'm glad you know now.

  • I_Love_Green

    Would any of you want us to get Semih Erden back? He's a free agent and would be had at the minimum.

    Just a thought that popped into my head.

    • Batman

      I think we should pick up 2 centers in the offseason
      1 vet (Nazr, Kurt)
      and 1 young euro big
      that could be semih

      • I_Love_Green

        Yeah that's a good point. It would be good to have a vet playing above Semih if we were to bring him back.

    • Alex

      Yes! Maybe he and Shaq will be able celebrate Eid together again.

  • Mark

    A lock out for about half the season may be in our best interest. We always seem to be great the first half of the year.

  • Mike

    Ainge should be on the phone with the T'wolves finding out what would take to get that 2nd pick of their hands since they're shopping it. I would love for the Celtics to get that pick and start rebuilding right now with a solid player, especially since at nº2 we could get Derrick Williams, Get on it Ainge.

  • Mike

    By the way can't we bring back Stephane Lasme? He could play 3 and 4 and he was athletic.

  • CsFanInArkansas

    Would we be able to pick up DeShawn Sims from the Red Claws? He's 6'8'', 220, and ended up being one of the top rookies in the D-League. He averaged about 20pts-8rebs/game while shooting .395 from 3 and better than .500 overall.

    Does anyone know how that works (picking up players from the D-League)???

    • I_Love_Green

      I'm THINK they can enter the draft if they want, or stay with the D-League team they're already on, and hope for a spot in training camp for an NBA squad. I'm not positive, but I think it works like that.

  • LACelticsFan

    With our first round pick we should go with JaJuan Johnson. Dude is long, scored 20 a game in big ten, is already a great weakside helper. He would fit well in a second unit with West, Bradley, and Green. We would be young and really athletic. Your thoughts?

    • I_Love_Green

      YES! I've been talking about drafting him to all of my friends, and none of them really watched him play college ball. His biggest weakness is definitely strength, and the abiltiy to bang down low but in a few years that'll be good.

      • LACelticsFan

        Yeah he is only about 225, but an nba conditioning program will get him to 240. Dude is the Big 10 POY. That should count for something, plus as a senior he should be mature enough to fit in BBDs spot. That second unit is really good defensively, not to mention athletic. I don’t want JWilliams from Maryland as I see another BBD.

        • I_Love_Green

          Williams is nothing like Baby though. The only similarity is their weight, and Williams is fine right now. He's a monster on the boards, and can finish down low. Baby doesn't even play in the paint.

          • Batman

            You are disrespecting the baby "AAAAAY" shuffle lol

  • torpid bunny

    Shaq is probably waiting to see how he feels in 2-3 months. If he's still no healing by then I don't really see him returning. I hope he comes he back because I love watching him play.

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