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May 01, 2012

Two assistants who could be on Charlotte Bobcats' radar

            If the Charlotte Bobcats head down that assistant-ready-to-be-a-head-coach route, here are two names worth considering: Golden State’s Mike Malone and Orlando’s Steve Clifford.

            Malone is a defensive specialist who is Mark Jackson’s lead assistant with the Warriors. Previously he worked for the New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was a big part of Monty Williams’ improvement of the Hornets’ defense when they went 46-36 two seasons ago.

            Malone might be appealing enough that he could have multiple options to become an NBA head coach once all the jobs open this off-season.

            Clifford came into the NBA in 2000, first as an advance scout, then as an assistant with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Magic. Prior to that he was a head coach at Adelphi and an assistant at East Carolina.

He’s worked for Orlando’s Stan Van Gundy for five seasons. He was on the short list of candidates in New Orleans when Williams was hired as head coach.

Posted by Observer Sports on May 1, 2012 at 02:48 PM | Permalink


Anybody with multiple options will NOT be coming to Charlotte. A scrap-heap hire like Ewing is the best we can do with another likely cellar-dweller in a disinterested marekt.

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 1, 2012 3:04:14 PM

The Charlotte Boobcats will have a new name soon...The Seattle Supersonics! Lol...

Posted by: Joe Johnson | May 1, 2012 3:16:09 PM

Brian Shaw.

Posted by: Jason Warren | May 1, 2012 5:46:10 PM


There are 30 jobs total. How many qualified applicants?

They'll have choices, what they do from there is another story.

Posted by: charlottean | May 1, 2012 6:38:44 PM

CLT: You should know the answer to that question from our own experience. You'll remember we hired one Sam Vincent based largely upon his success coaching African women?

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 1, 2012 11:03:00 PM

When I think of hiring winning coaches the first place I look is Golden State? Larry Brown was right! Hire Bill Laimbeer all he does is win!

Posted by: joe cool | May 2, 2012 1:02:52 AM

Just because we hired sam vincent doesn't mean there aren't like 80 qualified capable candidates for 30 jobs. We just don't tend to go after the 80. We like to think outside of the box's area code.

Posted by: charlottean | May 3, 2012 12:16:36 AM

I bet MJ goes for one of his Carolina boys again. Hell, bring back Buzz! Get MJ on the phone, Rick. Make it happen.

Posted by: I used to sit near Buzz | May 3, 2012 10:24:19 AM


What about Mike Budenholzer from the Spurs? Given his pedigree learning under Popovich, I think he'd be an excellent choice if possible. Any interest in him from the Bobcats?

Posted by: Scott | May 3, 2012 12:59:06 PM


Try using spellcheck.

Posted by: fred | May 3, 2012 2:52:42 PM

Someone who signs on has to be willing to (hope to) get lucky over 3 yearsof drafts and realize the Bulls get our pick for joy of T Time. We need a #1 over next 3 years!! This or next and then build around with some trades. Unless a coach see's commitment why come.

Posted by: Chris | May 4, 2012 9:52:52 AM

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