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The Bobcats made what appears to be a solid coach in Mike Dunlap as the team's new head coach. But, per usual, Charlotte took an absurd route to the finish line.
St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap will be the next head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, according to multiple reports. Dunlap has two years of NBA experience, working on George Karl's bench in Denver from 2006-08, but otherwise he's spent the majority of his career as a college assistant. He was selected over numerous higher-profile candidates who interviewed for the position, including Jerry Sloan, Nate McMillan, Brian Shaw, Patrick Ewing and Quin Snyder.
The Observer's source, who asked for anonymity because Dunlap's hire isn't official, said Dunlap impressed the front office with his high energy and collaborative approach. Also, he wants to run an up-tempo offense and attacking defense that figures to fit some of the Bobcats' younger personnel.
Dunlap, 54, has more than 30 years of coaching experience. He followed his stint with the Nuggets with stops at Arizona and Oregon before joining Steve Lavin's bench at St. John's in 2010. When Lavin took a leave of absence to recover from prostate cancer last November, Dunlap finished the season as interim head coach. The Red Storm finished the 2011-12 season with a 13-17 record (6-11 Big East).
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On Tuesday, it was reported that the Charlotte Bobcats had narrowed their list of candidates for their vacant head coaching position down to three finalists. It now appears as though that list has gotten even narrower as former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has pulled out of the running for the position.
Sam Amick at SI.com reports that Sloan, who had already gone through a first interview with team owner Michael Jordan present, withdrew his name from consideration for undisclosed reasons.
"I took myself out today," Sloan said by phone. "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."
Sloan stated he has not been in contact with any other team about a coaching position. It now appears as through the Bobcats will choose between Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Lakers assistant Quin Snyder.
The Charlotte Bobcats decided to narrow their coaching search down to three finalists on Monday night after interviewing a slew of candidates interested in taking over last year's worst NBA team. The finalists ended up being a pretty solid list, too, including two coaches everyone expected and a third worthy of the honor.
Longtime Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan, former NBA player and Phil Jackson disciple Brian Shaw and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Quin Snyder are the final three coaches left in the running, according to the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell. The interview process included 10 different coaches vying for the opportunity.
The Bobcats are expected to hold a second round of interviews soon for Shaw and Snyder, so that each of them can speak with Bobcats owner Michael Jordan. Jordan was present in Salt Lake City when the team initially interviewed Sloan.
Jordan and the Bobcats have a difficult decision upcoming as their three finalists are all pretty different from one another. That said, it's difficult to see how they can go wrong at this stage of the process with these three candidates.
The Charlotte Bobcats are still hunting for a
sucker coach willing to take the helm of a roster that produced the NBA's lowest ever winning percentage in 2011-12 and, with Patrick Ewing reportedly out of the running, Quin Snyder may be that much closer to somehow getting an NBA coaching job. Snyder reportedly interviewed for the job with Bobcats management on Monday in Chicago.
Snyder spent the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers and 2010-11 with the Philadelphia 76ers, but he has no other coaching experience at the NBA level and is well removed from his time as the head coach of the Missouri Tigers. Snyder's Austin Toros made the D-League Playoffs in each of his three years in Texas.
Snyder is the 10th person to interview with the Bobcats about the vacancy, joining former NBA head coaches Nate McMillan and Jerry Sloan and a slew of current assistants, including Golden State's Michael Malone.
Patrick Ewing has been lobbying for an NBA head coaching job for a few summers now. Unfortunately, it seems like that goal might allude him for another offseason, however, as the Charlotte Bobcats have apparently decided they're no longer interested in his services.
Ewing is probably better known as a perennial All-Star center with the New York Knicks than for his time spent as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic. Whether his lack of coaching experience played a role is unknown, but Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that something went amiss regarding Ewing's candidacy for the Bobcats.
As it turns out, the "Space Jam" reunion won't be happening with the Charlotte Bobcats.
After an interview with Charlotte management, owner Michael Jordan personally reached out to Patrick Ewing to tell him he's been eliminated as a candidate to coach the Bobcats, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
It was pretty great of MJ to personally reach out to Ewing, but was it as great as Woj's lede? Apart from that, it's interesting that Ewing is the only candidate that has been shut down considering the Bobcats have already interviewed quite a few coaches.
The Charlotte Bobcats finished up what could easily be considered the worst season in NBA history by deciding not to renew the contract of head coach Paul Silas. Apparently determined not to let last season's debacle happen again, the team has cast about the widest net anyone has seen in recent memory during their search to replace the veteran head coach.
That search has brought about the known names like Jerry Sloan, Patrick Ewing and Nate McMillan, but Michael Jordan's squad is also interviewing a bevy of candidates that have paid their dues on the lesser stages of basketball such as D-League coaches turned NBA assistants like Nate Tibbetts, Dave Joerger and now -- according to ESPN's Chris Broussard -- Los Angeles Lakers assistant Quin Snyder.
The Charlotte Bobcats are in the process of setting up an interview with Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, perhaps as soon as next week. They also plan to meet with Los Angeles Lakers assistant Quin Snyder in Chicago before the NBA pre-draft camp the first week in June, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.
Obviously Shaw is going to be interviewed considering he's been looked at as one of the top assistant coaches over the past few seasons and is credited for a fair amount of the Pacers' success this season. The more interesting interview in this report is Snyder because, despite public perception that has followed him since his exit from the college ranks at Mizzou, he's one of the brightest minds in basketball.
Snyder also has ties to the area, having been both a player and coach for the Duke Blue Devils under Mike Krzyzewski before moving onto Mizzou, the NBA Development League's Austin Toros and then stints with both the Philadelphia 76ers and Lakers.
Jerry Sloan has been out of basketball for just over one year, but the longtime head coach of the Utah Jazz would like to return to the sidelines in the near future. The veteran coach has interest in both of the jobs currently open, too, according to interview he did on Tuesday.
Sloan told the Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday that he's talked to Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan -- the same player that beat his Jazz in the NBA Playoffs -- and could meet with them by the end of the week.
According to Sloan, undertaking such a massive rebuilding job would not prevent him from considering Charlotte.
"Obviously, you probably wouldn't win [a championship] right off the bat," he said. "But sometimes it's not all about starting on top."
Sloan told FOX Sports Florida on Tuesday he has interest in the Orlando Magic job.
"Yes, I think so,'' Sloan said from his farm in McLeansboro, Ill., about his interest. "It would be very intriguing. But they would have to be interested in me.''
It seems that Sloan wants to coach in the NBA this year, regardless of location. Considering his history, there's almost definitely going to be a team interested in his services.
The Charlotte Bobcats coaching search hasn't featured a ton of prominent names to this point, but it looks like things are about to heat up. The team is expected to interview current assistant coach Stephen Silas on Monday and then former Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan on Tuesday.
Stephen Silas is the son of last year's head coach Paul Silas, whereas McMillan is a native son of North Carolina as the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell explained in his column on Monday morning.
Probably the most prominent name attached to the Charlotte Bobcats' coaching search - former N.C. State star Nate McMillan - will be in Charlotte tonight and Tuesday to interview with Bobcats management, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to the Observer.
The Bobcats were also set to interview assistant coach Stephen Silas Monday. Silas served as lead assistant to his father, Paul, whose contract was not renewed last month.
McMillan is by far the biggest name included in the search thus far, at least as far as coaching acumen goes (Patrick Ewing might be more well-known), but it probably wouldn't be a bad thing for a young up-and-comer -- like those the Bobcats have already interviewed -- to grow along with this team.
The Charlotte Bobcats coaching search hasn't gained a lot of attention on the national scale quite yet, but Michael Jordan's team seems to be taking the right approach when it comes to finding a coach to replace Paul Silas on the sidelines.
The team likely won't be able to attract the major names, considering it is coming off the worst season in the history of the National Basketball Association, but Charlotte is bringing in some solid candidates that have proven themselves capable in previous stops.
Charlotte has already interviewed St. John's associate head coach Mike Dunlap, Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone, Orlando Magic assistant Patrick Ewing and Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Nate Tibbetts. They'll conclude a pretty busy week by interviewing Memphis Grizzlies assistant Dave Joerger who, like Tibbetts, has spent time as a successful head coach in the NBA Development League (and is fairly high on Tom Ziller's list of coaching candidates).
The Charlotte Bobcats are looking for a head coach this offseason after parting ways with Paul Silas following the horrendous season they just had. After setting an NBA record in futility, however, it might not be easy to lure the best in the business to help turn around the Bobcats.
Michael Jordan and the Bobcats apparently know this, though, and have tempered their expectations as such. Charlotte has been mentioned to be interested in guys like Jerry Sloan, Patrick Ewing and Nate McMillan, but ESPN's Chris Broussard reports the team plans to interview lesser-known candidates as well.
...Bobcats will interview Mike Dunlap, associate head coach at St. John's U, & Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Nate Tibbetts next week, sources say— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) May 8, 2012
Tibbetts paid his dues in the NBA Development League before being called up to the NBA at the beginning of last season while Dunlap's NBA experience came as an assistant with the Denver Nuggets a few seasons ago before taking a spot on Lute Olson's staff at Arizona.
Patrick Ewing has been around the NBA for quite some time as both a player and a coach, but the New York Knicks' former All-Star has yet to receive much consideration as far as head coaching jobs are concerned. It seems that might be changing, however, as Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats plan to give him an interview for that opportunity.
Ewing is currently trying to help the Orlando Magic in their NBA Playoffs series against the Indiana Pacers. When that's through, though, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the center is going to interview with the Bobcats for the position that opened when Paul Silas departed.
Orlando Magic assistant Patrick Ewing will interview for the Charlotte Bobcats head-coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Bobcats are working to set up a meeting with Ewing once the Magic are finished in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Ewing is a close friend of Charlotte owner Michael Jordan, and several sources believe the Hall of Fame center will turn out to be a serious candidate for the opening.
Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone, long seen as one of the most likely assistants in the league to get a head coaching position, will interview for the Charlotte Bobcats' vacancy, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. The Warriors' assistant has never been a head coach, but is seen as being capable for the position, having been an assistant for over a decade.
Malone has been with the Warriors for one season serving as Mark Jackson's lead assistant. Prior to that, he was with the New Orleans Hornets for one year. He really made a name for himself as the lead assistant under Mike Brown in Cleveland for the five seasons prior to his Hornets stint.
The Bobcats have pursued big names such as former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan, but Malone is only the second candidate to interview for the position. Stephen Silas, son of former coach Paul and previous lead assistant, also interviewed for the position.
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The Charlotte Bobcats need a new head coach after parting way with Paul Silas following their recent disastrous season. It's not the most desirable position in the NBA, but Michael Jordan will need to lure someone solid to turn his franchise around.
The first candidates to hear their name come up have some history behind them, as longtime Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and North Carolina native Nate McMillan have both mentioned as possible candidates. While McMillan makes sense, Sloan's name came out of left field when the New York Daily News wrote about the rumor on Monday morning (via HoopsHype).
We're hearing that the Bobcats may take a look at Jerry Sloan to replace Paul Silas. The former Utah Jazz coach would be a tremendous, out-of-the-box choice and the first indication that Jordan is committed to turning his seven-win team around.
The obvious connection between Jordan and Sloan is that they both have their numbers hanging from the rafters in Chicago's United Center. Beyond that, Jordan has great admiration for the coach he twice defeated in the Finals, at the end of his second three-peat.
It'll be interesting to see who Jordan is able to lure to Charlotte. Sloan wasn't anyone's first guess when it came to a possible replacement for Silas, but he'd be an interesting successor after sitting out this past season following a long career as the head coach of the Jazz.
For more on the Bobcats, visit Rufus On Fire.
Paul Silas will step down as the Charlotte Bobcats' coach after presiding over a team that finished with the worst single-season winning percentage of all time.
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