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Charlotte Bobcats Coaching Search Remains Quiet


The story is there is no story.

It’s been a little over a month since the Charlotte Bobcats removed Mike Dunlap as the team’s head coach. The team put together a list of candidates which included several assistant coaches.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Nate Tibbetts interviewed with the team, but opted to join Terry Stotts’ coaching staff in Portland.

Utah Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek reportedly had a great interview with Charlotte, but has agreed to become the head coach of the Phoenix Suns.

In the Bobcats press conference to unveil a future name change to the Charlotte Hornets, Bobcats Chairmen Michael Jordan revealed that Rich Cho and Rod Higgins were handling the majority of the Bobcats coaching search.

Alvin Gentry, Kelvin Sampson and Quin Snyder among others still remain as options to become the next head coach of the Bobcats. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported that Cho really likes Snyder, who spent last season as an assistant for CKSA Moscow.

If Snyder is Cho’s favorite, it’s very possible he may get his turn for a hire, since Dunlap was a Higgins hire.

It’s also possible the Bobcats have interviewed other candidates who haven’t been confirmed by reports.

Do the Bobcats have a good idea of who they want?

They could be waiting to interview an assistant who is still in the postseason. Brian Shaw of the Indiana Pacers and Mike Budenholzer of the San Antonio Spurs would seem like obvious choices to get an interview. Then again, Shaw turned down the Bobcats offer last offseason because he felt the Bobcats situation would make him a lame duck head coach.

The Los Angeles Clippers just fired North Carolina State alumni Vinny Del Negro as their head coach, so he could also be in the mix.

The Dunlap hire came out of left field last summer, after news included other names but him as the frontrunner for the gig. This time around things could very well be the same. Is it a cause for concern, or is it a sign that the Bobcats are trying to take better dilligence with their search to find someone who can have longevity with the franchise?

Sometimes no news can be good news.

 

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  • Gate_City

    Dunlap being a Higgins hire makes a lot of sense, since I find Higgins to be completely incompetent. Cho should have final say on these type of decisions.