The coaching search is on in Charlotte, and a few candidates have emerged.
The biggest of them is Jerry Sloan, the former Utah Jazz front man, who resigned (couldn’t handle Deron Williams any more) in 2011 after a supposed drawn out spat with his point guard.
Before resigning (getting pissed off with Williams for the last time), Sloan was the longest tenured coach in America’s four most popular sports. He won 1,127 games with Utah, won 50 games 10 times and made the NBA finals twice.
He was also a pretty good player, too; He was a two time all star, made the NBA all defensive team four times and had his number retired by the Chicago Bulls.
Here’s a quick look at the other candidates that have moved to the forefront of the Bobcats coaching search.
This guy has been an assistant coach for a long time, and he’s on the radar of almost every team that needs a coach next season. He was a college coach for a while, before breaking in with the Knicks in the early 2000s, moving on to Cleveland during the height of King James’ reign, then to New Orleans and finally Golden State. He’s known for improving team defense, and according to NBA.com, the Hornets made the biggest jump in scoring defense in 2010-2011 (his only year with the team.
The former Trail Blazers head coach has finished seven seasons (out of 12) with at least a .500 record and he’s made the playoffs five times.
2009 was an impressive year for the Blazers, when, despite an insane amount of injuries, McMillan coached the team to 50 wins.
Most of his Portland teams were top 15 in defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) and top 10 in opponents points per game, but they were also close to last in pace (possessions per 48 minutes) and therefore normally in the middle of the pack when it came to points per game.
There are other names being thrown around, but these are the three I believe are at the top of Charlotte’s wish list.
I’d like to see McMillan end up in the Queen City.
Sloan is a great coach, but I think this team is too young and too much of a project for him, and I trust McMillan’s history over the long time assistant, Malone’s.
Who do you think should be Charlotte’s next head coach?