Former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, revealed in a phone call to “SI.com,” that he withdrew his name Thursday as a candidate to become the next head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. Published reports earlier this week, stated that Sloan was one of three finalists for the position, along with Lakers assistant coach Quinn Snyder and Pacers assistant Brian Shaw. The veteran head coach told the website that the only comment he had on the process, was that he had withdrawn from the race.
Sloan said “I took myself out today. I don’t want to comment on it because it’s never profitable for anybody. It just makes it sound like you’re making a statement about someone. But they were wonderful and there were no problems. I just took myself out.”
That would seemingly leave just Shaw and Snyder as candidates to take over the Charlotte bench from the departed Paul Silas, who was not offered an extension on his contract at the conclusion of the regular season as the Bobcats ended the campaign with the lowest winning percentage (.106) history of the Association.
Neither Snyder or Shaw have any experience as being a head coach at the NBA level, although Snyder was a college head coach with Missouri and spent three years as the bench boss of the NBDL franchise the Austin Toros. Shaw looked to become the heir apparent to former Lakers coach Phil Jackson, after he retired last summer, but Los Angeles chose former Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown instead.
Sloan, told the website that he has no contact with either the Portland Trail Blazers or the Orlando Magic about the openings on their benches. He certainly did not seemed stressed about possibly not returning to the sidelines this season in his call with Sports Illustrated. He told the website “Whatever happens, happens. I don’t have any control over those things. I just do what we’ve got to do. If somebody calls me, I guess I’d listen to what they have to say. But I don’t have an agent, and if somebody calls I’d be willing to listen to them.”