The Charlotte Bobcats will interview Brian Shaw, who has been an assistant with Kobe Bryant’s Lakers and the Indiana Pacers, for their vacant head-coaching position. (Noah Graham/Getty Images)
Coming off the worst season in NBA history, the Charlotte Bobcats have already interviewed more potential next head coaches (eight) than the organization had wins last season (seven).
The Bobcats plan to add two more highly touted assistant names to that coaching search, according to a report from ESPN’s Chris Broussard. The Bobcats have lined up meetings with Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Lakers assistant Quin Snyder, Broussard reports.
Shaw was an assistant with Phil Jackson’s Lakers for seven seasons and is widely considered a favorite to land a head-coaching job sometime soon. Shaw was a candidate for the Lakers job after Jackson departed last season, but Los Angeles ultimately chose Mike Brown.
Snyder was the head coach at the University of Missouri from 1999-2006, where he led the Tigers to four NCAA tournament berths in his first four seasons but didn’t reach the Big Dance after that. Snyder was an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2010-11 season before moving onto Brown’s staff this year.
The Bobcats finished just 7-59 this season for the worst winning percentage in NBA history at .106. They lost 22 games by 20 points or more. So Michael Jordan’s organization has gone far and wide thus far to find a good fit as its next head coach.
The Bobcats have already interviewed eight candidates for the position — Jerry Sloan, Patrick Ewing, Nate McMillan, Dave Joerger, Mike Malone, Nate Tibbetts, Mike Dunlap and Stephen Silas. Stephen Silas is the son of Paul Silas, who the Bobcats fired after the season.
The NBA Draft lottery is this week, and the Bobcats have the best chance of any team to land the No. 1 pick, pegged extensively as Kentucky forward Anthony Davis.