This was expected once the Pacers were eliminated from the playoffs.
Pacers lead assistant coach and former Phil Jackson right hand man Brian Shaw is going to interview for the Charlotte Bobcats coaching job this week, reports ESPN.
They also plan to meet with 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.
Shaw has been a top candidate for a couple years now to get a head coaching job (he thought he was going to get the Lakers gig before that housecleaning). It’s likely he gets a shot somewhere this summer, whether that is in Charlotte remains to be seen.
The Bobcats are casting a wide net Also reportedly interviewed have been Jerry Sloan last of the Jazz, Nate McMillan last of the Trail Blazers, Patrick Ewing of the Orlando Magic, Grizzlies’ assistant Dave Joerger, Mike Malone of Golden State, Cleveland’s Nate Tibbetts, St. John’s Mike Dunlap, and Bobcats assistant Stephen Silas (son of former coach Paul Silas). Also linked to the process has been Stan Van Gundy but he is not expected to even interview, he may take a year off.
Jerry Sloan really does desperately want back into coaching.
So much so he’s willing to take on what is arguably the worst job in the NBA right now — the Charlotte Bobcats — and will interview for the spot, the former Jazz coach told the Salt Lake Tribune. (The Charlotte Observer also had the story.)
Sloan told The Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday that he has talked to Charlotte owner Michael Jordan about the Bobcats’ job and could meet with him as early as this week….
“Obviously, you probably wouldn’t win [a championship] right off the bat,” he said. “But sometimes it’s not all about starting on top.”
Probably? This would be the opposite of starting on top — the Bobcats set a record for NBA futility last season with a 7-59 record. Whoever they land in this coming draft will be the new marketing face of the franchise (Bobcats fans and management are hoping that face has a unibrow).
Sloan also said he was interested in taking the Orlando Magic job, where Stan Van Gundy has been let go, a place that looks like it also is about to be a major rebuilding project. He resigned abruptly mid-season from the Jazz 15 months ago after having coached there since roughly the Mesozoic Era.
He would bring a sense of discipline wherever he goes and he would bring his flex offense that relies on movement off the ball and execution. He’d bring some old-school, hard-a** to whatever franchise he lands with. Whether that is best for rebuilding is another discussion, but the man can coach.
And he wants back in.
Fox Sports Florida’s Chris Tomasson has an interesting article up today about one legendary coach who might be willing to fill the Orlando Magic’s coaching vacancy:
Jerry Sloan once coached temperamental star Karl Malone for 15 years. Perhaps his next challenge could be another such guy, Dwight Howard.
Sloan told FOX Sports Florida on Tuesday he has interest in the Orlando Magic job, which became open Monday when Stan Van Gundy was fired.
“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.’’
Sloan, a Hall of Famer, resigned from the Utah Jazz in February 2011 after 23 seasons. But he said not long after that he got the urge to return to coaching.
Even though he’s never won a ring, Sloan is rightly considered one of the best coaches of all time, and would certainly be the biggest name available to replace Stan Van Gundy. Still, there are plenty of reasons to think that this won’t happen in Orlando. Sloan resigned from the Jazz position after publicly clashing with superstar point guard Deron Williams, who would be Howard’s running mate if Dwight does manage to get himself traded to the Brooklyn Nets, and has not traditionally been known as a “player’s coach.” He likes to fit his players to the complex version of the Flex Offense he’s become famous for running in the NBA, not the other way around, which would make him something of an illogical choice for a position in which immediate success would be a requirement.
Sloan is a fantastic coach, and could do wonders with the Magic if the team and Dwight Howard was willing to be patient with him, but right now, Dwight Howard wants Mike Malone or Brian Shaw, so I’d be surprised if anyone not named Mike Malone or Brian Shaw was coaching the Magic next season. Still, anything can happen.
Jerry Sloan wants to put the whole thing behind him. But the circumstances surrounding his departure from the Utah Jazz keeps coming up, as it did when Karl Malone did a lengthy interview with the Salt Lake City Tribune about it. Today Sloan responded with a public statement, which is pretty much the public relations version of “Get off my lawn.”
“I would like to set the record straight regarding my retirement from the Utah Jazz,” he said. “I had the unwavering support of the Miller family during my 23 seasons as head coach with the franchise and I left on my own volition. It is not true that the Millers undermined my authority as head coach. I had their complete backing to run the team as I wished and was assured that no player could ever overrule my decisions.
“The Millers encouraged me to stay with the team and gave me multiple opportunities to do so. They felt strongly that I should wait at least until the end of the season to resign and did everything they could to keep me coaching.
“I do not wish to make any further statements regarding this issue. It is time for me and my family to move on and I ask that the media respect my wishes and respect the integrity of the Miller family and all that they have done for the Utah Jazz and this community.”
via Jerry Sloan releases statement about his retirement last year | Deseret News.
This the NBA, where what is said is seldom what happened but often all we have to go on. But in this instance, there’s simply no reason to pursue it. Sloan could have returned to the Jazz, changed his mind, anything. Deron Williams is gone. There’s new ownership. Nothing is the same as it was last year. That era in Jazz basketball is over. If Karl Malone and Greg Miller have issues, that’s one thing.
But Jerry Sloan has earned the right to move on with his life, be it coaching somewhere else or enjoying whatever it is he does in his retirement. Fishing? Yelling at children? Pan flute?
Sometimes the drama isn’t worth it. Let Sloan be.
Jerry Sloan is a legend. After so many years in the NBA, at some point you’re in it so long, it’s impossible to walk away. And it would appear that after a year of being away from the game, Sloan is re-engaged and ready to get back on the horse. From SI.com:
So as the 69-year-old answers questions about whether he might leave retirement behind and return to the job that he loved for nearly three decades, you get the sense he’s resisting the urge to make some formal announcement of his desires.
“I think if the right situation came along, whatever that is,” he said before pausing to ponder. “I don’t know what the right situation is. We’ll have to wait and see, I guess.”
via Hall-of-Fame NBA coach Jerry Sloan changes tune about returning to sideline – Sam Amick – SI.com.
Sloan sounds pretty sure he’s going to be coaching again. And he shouldn’t have a hard time getting a gig. Sloan has experience and a proven track record. He may struggle with identifying with players but there’s no doubt he can command a locker room.
But how weird is it going to be seeing him on another sideline? How weird would it be when he returns to Salt Lake City? You also have to way market factors. Sloan doesn’t really seem like a “coach a big market team” kind of guy. There will be options, but it needs to be the right fit. But we’ll be lucky to get a few more years of coaching out of Sloan. Any time you get to watch a legend do his thing, that’s a treat.