Lakers assistants talk about USC job ... sort of

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Jim Cleamons seemed intrigued about the idea of coaching USC’s basketball team, while Brian Shaw was ready to side-step the issue when The Times’ Broderick Turner approached the two Lakers’ assistants Tuesday night.

Cleamons said his focus right now is on helping the Lakers win the NBA championship following a 108-104 loss to the Orlando Magic in Game 3.

But he also said, ‘I think USC is one of the best jobs in the country. But I’m trying to help us win a championship, first and foremost.’

Shaw preferred not to talk about the Trojans’ job, saying, ‘right now, I just want to concentrate on helping the Lakers win a championship.’


-- Chris Foster

Left photo: Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times. Right photo: Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times