And then there were two.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick, Sloan said he was taking himself out of the running for the head coaching vacancy. Why? Just because, apparently.
"I took myself out today," Sloan said by phone. "I don't want to comment on it because it's never profitable for anybody. It just makes it sound like you're making a statement about someone. But they were wonderful and there were no problems. I just took myself out."
Alas. While it's sad that a hall of fame coach who openly admitted that he was interested in taking on the task of heading the previously 7-59 Bobcats, that's the way the ball rolls sometimes.
If reports are to believed, then the two remaining options the Bobcats have on the table are Brian Shaw and Quin Snyder.
Shaw is the hot prospect as a head coaching vacancy target. Thought of as the heir apparent for the Lakers after Phil Jackson retired, he was not considered by the LA brass for the spot and so he went eastward to Indiana. Of all the assistant coaching options, Shaw probably has the most experience. He won multiple rings as a member of the Lakers and then won some more as an assistant coach under Phil, after rising in the ranks initially as a scout. It should come as no surprise that he's a Phil disciple. Shaw is a triangle offense man through and through and has a lot of the tendencies that Jackson has, in regards to valuing the importance of managing personalities. He's also been exceptional as a teacher. As an associate head coach for the Pacers, he was instrumental in helping Roy Hibbert improve. He has experience helping implement offensive systems that create looks in the post, which is something the Bobcats obviously lack.
But as much as Snyder's an unheard-of for many Bobcats and, hell, NBA fans, he's not without experience either. Snyder played the point at Duke for four years, then was an assistant coach under Larry Brown for the Clippers for a year. After that, he began coaching at Missouri, first as an assistant and later as the head honcho. It began well with surprising upsets and marches as far as the Elite Eight in the big dance one year, but he resigned years later after NIT appearances and the uncovering of NCAA infractions. Post-Missouri, he moved on to the Austin Toros, in the D League, where the team went to the NBADL Finals once and Semifinals twice, in his three years as head coach. This past year, he was an assistant for the Lakers under Mike Brown. If you want to know more about Snyder, I highly suggest this piece from Ridiculous Upside's Scott Schroeder on Snyder, including Snyder's love for the pick and roll.
I just don't want a Sam Vincent II.