“I took myself out today,” Sloan told Sports Illustrated on Thursday. “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.
ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard sited league sources who said the NBA’s worst team this season (7-59) had paired its list down to Sloan, Shaw and Snyder. Sloan’s withdrawal leaves the Bobcats with two candidates with no head coaching experience in the NBA. Shaw was an assistant with the Lakers from 2004 to ‘11 and this season served as an associate head coach for the Pacers. Snyder was the head coach at Missouri for seven seasons and was an assistant with the Lakers this season. He also coached the NBA D-League’s Austin Toros for three seasons.
Either coach would be a shift from Charlotte’s pattern of aging veteran coaches. Three of the team’s four coaches had extensive head coaching experience with multiple NBA teams before leading the Bobcats. That said, none left the Queen City with a winning record or a playoff victory, so a change could do Michael Jordan’s floundering franchise some good.
Sloan’s interest in returning to the sideline comes 16 months after he abruptly left the Jazz following 23 seasons in Utah. Reports of clashes with management and former star point guard Deron Williams surfaced in the wake of his resignation.
“Whatever happens, happens,” he said. “I don’t have any control over those things. I just do what we’ve got to do. If somebody calls me, I guess I’d listen to what they have to say. But I don’t have an agent, and if somebody calls, I’d be willing to listen to them.”
Shaw is one of the most respected assistant coaches in the league and is also a candidate for the Orlando Magic head coaching position. Snyder reportedly had a second interview with the Bobcats on Wednesday.
Whoever takes over in Charlotte will inherit a team that set a record for futility with .106 winning percentage — the lowest in NBA history. The Bobcats finished the season with 23 consecutive losses.