June 5, 2012
The Charlotte Bobcats said their search for a head coach would be deliberate and thorough, and over a month after relieving Coach Paul Silas of his duties, their interviewing process continues.
The team is apparently now through with the initial phase of the process and will possibly re-interview some finalists and eventually make someone an offer.
President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins said he expects to install a coach “soon,” but soon could mean the end of next week or beyond. Higgins has been consistent that time pressure shouldn’t weigh on this process. Still, it appears likely a new coach would be in place to help audition prospects for the No. 2 pick the Bobcats have in this year’s NBA Draft, held on June 28th.
For a brief moment, it seemed like the Bobcats search for an ultimate coach would come to an end with Patrick Ewing. But Higgins recently said that the franchise’s new coach will not be Ewing.
The Bobcats will interview Indiana Pacers assistant Coach Brian Shaw on Friday and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder on June 4th.
Former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan was also considered for the coaching position, however Sloan is still weighing his options to return to the mainstream game after an interval of 1 year. Apart of the aforementioned names there is a long list of candidates eyeing the position.
Whomever the selection, he will immediately inherit a franchise going thru significant changes and scrutiny, as they attempt to rebound from the worst winning percentage in NBA history last season.
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