The Charlotte Bobcats search for a new bench boss, has come down to just three candidates, “The Charlotte Observer” has reported, as the team will choose between a veteran former head coach with an amazing resume, or one of two highly regarded assistant coaches for two other teams in the Association. According to the paper’s sources, the three men still standing are former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan, current Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Quinn Snyder who is an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The B-Cats, who finished the regular season with the worst winning percentage in NBA history, declined to bring back Paul Silas, who had led the club since taking over for Larry Brown in the 2010-2011 campaign. Although Sloan does have an incredible track record, including facing Charlotte Team Owner Michael Jordan in the NBA Finals twice, he is now 70-years-old and he might be better suited for a squad that is closer to contending than the rebuilding Bobcats will be next season.
Even though Snyder has yet to be a head coach in the Association, he held that position with Missouri as well as having a stint as a bench boss in the NBDL. The Lakers assistant is known as an offensive-minded coach, which might make him a good fit for the club, as they had trouble generating points this past season.
Shaw is currently the lead assistant under head coach Frank Vogel with Indiana, recently completing his first season with the team after a long stint as an assistant to Phil Jackson with the Lakers. The former Los Angeles assistant, seemed to be a lock to succeed Jackson when he retired a year ago, however the Lakers decided to hire former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown.
Shaw would most likely install the triangle-offense if he becomes the team’s new coach, a system that Jordan played under during his most successful years in the Association. The team would like to have a new bench boss in place before the 2012 NBA Draft takes place, later this month.