Pacers interview Davis, Shaw
By Mike Wells
The Indiana Pacers interviewed assistant coach Johnny Davis and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw for their vacant head coaching position Tuesday.
In another development, the Pacers gave Sacramento permission to talk to assistant coach Chuck Person about the Kings' head coaching vacancy.
Person also met with Pacers officials Friday about the Indiana job.
Davis was pleased with his interview with the Pacers.
"I thought it was a productive meeting," Davis said of his talk with team president Larry Bird. "It's a first-class organization; I'd be proud and honored to be their head coach."
Shaw, a former teammate of Bird in Boston, has been an assistant with the Lakers since the middle of the 2004-05 season.Davis, who has been in the NBA as a player, coach or front office official for 31 years, was head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic.
"Oftentimes, there is more to it than the won-loss record," Davis said.
"There's circumstances that don't allow you to be successful, especially if you don't get the time to implement the things necessary to be successful.
Success takes time; it doesn't happen overnight."
Besides interviewing Person, Davis and Shaw, the Pacers have also talked to former Miami Heat coach Stan Van Gundy.
The Pacers have yet to ask Toronto for permission to speak to coach Sam Mitchell. Raptors president Bryan Colangelo is not allowing teams to talk to Mitchell, who is under contract until June 30.