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Report: Brian Shaw prefers Orlando, Snyder could get Bobcats

Jun 15, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

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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.

  1. vstyle23 - Jun 15, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    And we want you B Shaw. Please don’t screw this up Orlando. Waiting until the last minute burnt us before, err Shaq, err D Howard. Get Shaw. He can draw players, maybe even Dwight…..every other day

  2. doubledown44 - Jun 15, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    I don’t necessarily think it’s as easy as Shaw just taking the first job offered to him. He turned down the opportunity to become the Cavs’ coach because he wanted to wait for the Lakers job to open. Since he didn’t get that job, it’s feasible he could be hungrier for the first available job, but it’s also clear that he has a willingness to wait for his favored opportunity.

  3. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Jun 16, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    don’t write off the bobcats. jordan has put together a strong FO. the rich cho signing was prolly charlotte’s best FA move of franchise history. the charlotte job is every bit as desirable as the orlando job. Tons of cap space, barely any cash tied up in overpaid veterans, and room for a coach to instantly improve a 7 win team.

    and charlotte is a much more desirable city to live in than orlando. it isn’t even close. 2 hours from the mountains and 3 hours from the ocean. way better climate too….

  4. magicbucs - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Shaw played for the magic in the shaq years and was with them for the ’95 finals year. He knows the organization and the area pretty well. Oh yea is NC a tax free state?
    As much $ as MJ has, Rich DeVos has billions more. Just saying…

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