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Aldridge: Malone, Shaw Should Still Be Available For Blazers

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Earlier Monday, we noted that Portland Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey said that he expects candidates for the team's coaching position to be available after the 2012 NBA Draft, when he plays to conduct an "exhaustive" search. David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that two such candidates -- Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone -- should be available. ------------------------------------ The Blazers are going to take their time looking for a new coach, and it's the right thing to do. The new GM, Neil Olshey, has been on the job for, what, 10 minutes? Why try to shoehorn a new coach in before the Draft, when it's going to take months for Olshey to begin re-shaping the roster? And who is going to come off of the coaching board before Olshey's ready to hire? All of the assistants of note, from the Warriors' Mike Malone to the Pacers' Brian Shaw, will still be there when Olshey is ready to talk turkey in a few weeks. (Shaw is up for the Charlotte job, but I suspect even if the Bobcats offer him the gig, they won't be prepared to give him the money he'd require to take all those Ls in the next couple of years.) ------------------------------------ The Charlotte job wound up going to St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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