Report: Bobcats narrow search to three

By Matt Moore | NBA writer
Jerry Sloan could be the next Bobcats coach. (Getty Images)
The Bobcats have narrowed their coaching search to three, according to the Charlotte Observer and ESPN:

The Charlotte Bobcats have narrowed their list of head coaching candidates to Jerry Sloan, Brian Shaw and Quin Snyder, according to league sources.

After going through an initial interview with Charlotte executives Rod Higgins and Rich Cho, each of the three candidates will meet with Bobcats owner Michael Jordan within the next week or so.

Shaw will interview with Jordan Thursday, sources said.

via Sources -- Jerry Sloan, Brian Shaw, Quin Snyder are finalists for Charlotte Bobcats coaching job - ESPN.

The three represent very different approaches. Sloan obviously represents a traditional disciplinarian approach and would bring in the same kind of system he developed in Utah. Shaw is considered a player's coach, mostly because, you know, he was a player. Shaw was the preferred coach of the Lakers' roster before management went with Mike Brown. Snyder worked under Brown last season and under Doug Collins in Philadelphia the year before. Snyder's speciality is player development, having worked in that capacity for the Sixers and before that for the Spurs' system as head coach of the Austin Toros in the D-League.

Snyder may be the best fit for the club with his development background and relative anonymity. Expectations would be low and Snyder has shown a capacity to get the most out of young rosters. But his experience is the question mark there. The last time Snyder was a head coach outside of the Toros was in the NCAA with Missouri. That did not end well.

The idea that Sloan could coach for Michael Jordan's team is a little disorienting. But his pick-and-roll centric offense could do wonders with whoever they land in the draft. It's an interesting debate for Jordan and company.

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