The Orlando Magic coaching job is about to change dramatically. It’s about to be a young team and finding a coach who can develop and grow with a team that is not going to win a lot of games next season after Dwight Howard is traded. Eventually.
So, how about Jeff Hornacek for that?
Hornacek is an assistant coach with the Jazz and he was interviewed for the Orlando head coaching job, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
The first two interviews also were assistant coaches — Brian Shaw of the Pacers and Mike Malone of the Golden State Warriors. Those two have been at the front of the line for job interviews for a while now, talking to teams about pretty much every coaching vacancy this summer.
Also getting interviews are Lakers assistant Quin Snyder (who just left the Lakers as an assistant to take a similar role with CSKA Moscow), Suns player development specialist Lindsey Hunter, and Spurs assistant Jaqcue Vaughn.
It’s early in the process for new GM Rob Hennigan, who also has another little thing on his plate soaking up his time.
With Jerry Sloan pulling himself out of the running for the Bobcats head coaching job — for whatever reason — it left just Brian Shaw and Quin Snyder walking around the one chair and waiting for the music to stop.
But Shaw could be eyeing a chair across the room — the Magic are reportedly interested in him as a coach, once they figure out who their general manager is. Which brings us to this interesting note from the very well connected Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register.
Former Lakers assistant Brian Shaw, who spent the past year as an associate head coach for the Indiana Pacers, is believed to prefer the Orlando Magic head job to the Bobcats’ one.
You know which job Brian Shaw is going to take? The first one offered. He wants a head coaching job and he’s not turning down a Charlotte offer for what Orlando might do. If Neil Olshey and Portland come out of left field and move first with a decent offer he will go there. If the Bobcats want him, move before Orlando.
If Shaw went to Orlando, the Bobcats may end up with Snyder. Shaw is the former Phil Jackson assistant now with the Pacers, Snyder is a Lakers assistant.
Orlando is a franchise with a history of some success, plus you will either have Dwight Howard or some pieces that come back in a Howard trade to build around. The Bobcats have the No. 2 pick and Kemba Walker. I get why Shaw might prefer Orlando. But for your first head coaching job you take one before they all dry up.
And then there were three.
Charlotte cast a wide net looking for their next coach but that list is now apparently down to three, according to Rick Bonnell at the Charlotte Observer (ESPN broke the story).
The Charlotte Bobcats have narrowed their coaching search to three candidates: Former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Quin Snyder, an NBA source confirmed Monday night.
Each of those men will come in for a second interview with owner Michael Jordan.
Not that Jordan and Jerry Sloan need much of an introduction — Sloan was the long-time coach of the Utah Jazz that took the John Stockton/Karl Malone teams to the finals only to run into Jordan’s Bulls. Sloan is an old-school, hard-a** coach who will instill discipline in the team. But at age 70 is he the right guy for a rebuilding project?
Brian Shaw is one of the top assistants in the game, having been the right hand man of Phil Jackson and this past season Frank Vogel in Indiana. Shaw is also a former player who can pull out one of his three rings from the Shaq/Kobe Lakers and impress the young players. With Shaw coming out of the Jackson coaching tree and Jordan having won under Jackson, you might see them try to become a triangle team if Shaw is hired.
Snyder is the lead assistant coach to Mike Brown with the Los Angeles Lakers right now and is considered his offense guy. He’s the unexpected guy at the dance.
If I were a better man, I would be betting on Shaw. Which is reportedly who people in Orlando like as well, but they need to move quickly. Shaw is in demand.
The San Antonio Spurs have used the D-League as proficiently as any NBA outfit, and in the coming season, they’ll introduce a new coach to continue the tradition — or, as much of a tradition as a D-League club can have — in Austin.
Former Toros head coach Quin Snyder is now on Doug Collins’ staff with the 76ers, and according to Scott Schroeder of NBA FanHouse, Brad Jones, the coach of the D-League’s Utah Flash for the last three seasons, will take his place in Austin. Utah parted ways with Jones over the summer, despite making the D-League playoffs this season with a limited roster.
As head coach of the Flash, Jones ran Jerry Sloan’s system and sets, a line on Jones’ résumé which likely piqued the Spurs’ interest. It’s not Jones’ intimate knowledge with the flex per se, but his ability to create and maintain a D-League culture consistent with the team’s NBA affiliate would be attractive in the Spurs-Toros framework.
One of the reasons the Toros have been so successful is because they act as an extension of the Spurs organization. A limb, perhaps. Jones will be expected to run the team in the same capacity, and his experience in navigating a similar, albeit less explicit, relationship in Utah, will undoubtedly come in handy.
The 2009-2010 season was already a fantastic one for the D-League, with a record number of NBA call-ups, incredible success for individual players like Reggie Williams and Anthony Tolliver, and record attendance and viewership. It seems the 2010-2011 season will pick up right where this year left off, as there’s already one notable D-League call-up for next season: According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, Austin Toros head coach has been hired by the Philadelphia 76ers to be the head of player development under Doug Collins.
Snyder was one of the finest coaches in the D, and his mentoring of the Toros was a big reason why the organization was one of the most successful in the D-League. Now he’ll have an opportunity to work with a new level of talent. No offense to Curtis Jerrells and Dwayne Jones, but they’re not quite Jrue Holiday and Marreese Speights. Snyder should also have a chance to work with whoever Philly selects with the No. 2 pick in this summer’s draft.
Losing Snyder to the big leagues is kind of a bummer for the D-League and the Toros, but this is what it’s all about. Players and coaches alike can prove themselves on a level where the competition is solid but the pressure to produce immediately isn’t as high, which facilitates development and growth. Snyder grew as a coach and repaired his tarnished reputation while with the Toros, and while it would be great to see him running the show in Austin again, it’s even better to see his time in the D earning him an NBA job.