CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers' search for a new coach may rest in the bejeweled hands of Phil Jackson.
Jackson's uncertainty about returning or retiring not only effects the newly crowned champs but also impacts the Cavs, who are looking for a coach and have spoken to a number of candidates, including Lakers assistant Brian Shaw and former New Orleans Hornets coach Byron Scott.
The Cavs were granted permission earlier this week to speak with Shaw, who has been on Jackson's staff for five seasons. Cleveland has had preliminary discussions with the 43-year-old Shaw and plan to bring him in next week to meet with owner Dan Gilbert and front-office officials.
Shaw is regarded a rising star inside the league's coaching circle, and is believed to be Jackson's favorite to succeed him if the Zen Master steps aside.