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Jerry Sloan to interview for Charlotte Bobcats coaching job

May 23, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

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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.

  1. donfelder440 - May 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    I would love to see Crybaby Dwight play for even ONE year under Coach Sloan, a true legend who would take none of his crap.

  2. hooddogdepressed - May 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Please help bobcats!!!

  3. mogogo1 - May 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    He always had the Jazz competitive even in years when they didn’t have many stars. He’s exactly the sort of guy the Bobcats need.

    • borderline1988 - May 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      He’s a great coach, but I’m not sure he’s the guy for the Bobcats.

      It doesn’t matter if Red Aurbach, Phil Jackson, and Jerry Sloan team up to coach the Bobcats – they’re not getting to the playoffs or competing for at least another 3 – 4 years. He’s pretty old already and he’s not a players’ coach (which is what you would prefer for a young, rebuilding team). By the time the Bobcats get good (in the absolute best of scenarios, say 4 years..kind of like the Thunder after Durant was drafted), Sloan would probably be retiring again.
      So I don’t see how the Bobcats & Sloan would be a good fit.

      He would be a much better fit for the Magic, except the Magic just fired Van Gundy, who is also a hard-ass, old school coach who cares more about team execution than individual performance. If the Magic don’t want Van Gundy (especially if Howard’s leaving anyways), why would they grab Sloan?

      This isn’t to say I don’t like Sloan – he’s a superb coach, a legend. He should be coaching the Clippers or Lakers or Knicks. All teams that have some talent but need better team coordination and execution.

  4. girouxhasladyballs - May 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    would love to see this guy back out there. better for the league in general. team doesn’t matter. wizards should make a run at him.

  5. lgwelsh1 - May 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    This is exactly what the Bobcats need.

  6. seanb20124 - May 23, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Thought this was Ewings job?

  7. chrisppers - May 23, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    If he somehow lands in la, specifically the clippers, they would be talking championship.

  8. jimsjam33 - May 23, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Jerry Sloan would be the only coach who could take on ” Pop” and the San Antonio Spurs in a game of ” Advanced basketball principles . ” Clippers are you listening ? This would be a sensational pickup !

  9. omniusprime - May 24, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Jerry Sloan is the coach the Lakers needed and deserved, not that loser Mike Clown Brown. We Lakers fans can only hope that Clown Brown gets fired very soon so this great coach can replace him to give the Lakers a real chance at winning a championship. Sloan deserves better than to go to Charlotte, the rear end of the NBA.

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