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May 03, 2013

5-and-counting on Bobcats candidates

    The list of known candidates for the Charlotte Bobcats head-coaching job is at five and probably growing.

            Various news sources have identified four current NBA assistants, plus Shelby native Alvin Gentry, who has been a head coach with four NBA teams.

            The assistants (in alphabetical order): Jeff Hornacek (Utah Jazz), Kelvin Sampson (Houston Rockets), Nate Tibbetts (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Elston Turner (most recently with the Phoenix Suns).

            Hornacek has also been tied to the Philadelphia 76ers’ opening and Sampson to the Milwaukee Bucks opening. Hornacek played for the 76ers and Sampson was a Bucks assistant under Scott Skiles.

            The Bobcats had a similarly wide search a year ago, interviewing 10 candidates before hiring Mike Dunlap. Dunlap lasted a single 21-61 season before being fired last month.

Posted by Observer Sports on May 3, 2013 at 02:32 AM | Permalink


Various news sources? Glad to see the Obsever has the inside track. Not.

Posted by: Symbiotic | May 3, 2013 6:34:12 AM

Why is it so difficult to get a top tier coach in here w a proven winning record .like JVG. why would winning not be the most imp factor in coaching this team unless the games are free.

Posted by: Iron man | May 3, 2013 6:57:18 AM

Alvin Gentry is a great fit to coach the Bobcats.

Posted by: RP | May 3, 2013 8:12:06 AM

Stephen Silas not a candidate?

Posted by: eduardo | May 3, 2013 9:21:49 AM

symbiotic you are quite idiotic!

Posted by: DT | May 3, 2013 9:29:37 AM

I dont think Van Gundy is a choice because of some of the negative vibes he has presented. He doesnt seem to be a fan of the Cats or Jordan. More interesting though is I have not heard Van Gundy's name mentioned for any opportunities recently.

Posted by: David | May 3, 2013 10:05:30 AM

Gentry doesn't deserve to coach at Johnson & Wales....

I'd go with Hornacek on this list....although the list is ridiculous....but probably about all we can hope for.

Posted by: big gulps | May 3, 2013 10:08:30 AM

Good names so far. Proven top tier coaches are not interested in rebuilding teams. Bobcats do have some cap space and draft picks coming to go with Kemba and MKG and hopefully Gerald. I'd just like to see someone with real NBA experience come in.

Posted by: Charles | May 3, 2013 10:10:04 AM

I take that back about Van Gundy he was talked about with the Pistons but slammed Dumars about getting rid of Frank.

Posted by: David | May 3, 2013 10:11:25 AM

All a good show.. Probably gonna be P.Ewing... F.O.M..

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | May 3, 2013 10:32:59 AM

Jerry jones oh my bad Jordan. This is his last year he could easily bring a top coach in and also build a team. He cod even bring back the hornets. This could be chapter one for how to own a nba team for dummies lol.

Posted by: Matt | May 3, 2013 11:45:11 AM

From this list...I'd take Elston Turner, I've heard his name come up among respected coaches and GMs as the 'next young stud coach' so maybe they're right.

Second would probably be someone else, I know proven coaches won't take this job and frankly I think pro leagues rehire too many failed coaches simply bc they've coached before. New coaches bring fresh ideas, remember even Phil Jackson was an unknown coach...

I wouldn't be opposed to an assistant like Hornacek though if it came down to it.

Posted by: Bobcat Terry | May 3, 2013 11:52:29 AM

It is time to FIRE Rod Higgins this is only way to get this team turned around.He is the worst Basketball president in the NBA.MJ should fire him before they hire a new coach.

Posted by: The Truth | May 3, 2013 2:02:07 PM

I hate the idea of guys like snyder or sampson who cheat to win at the college level and then get a free pass at the pro level.

If you're trying to run a top notch organization and set standards for your players to be accountable and all of that.....you don't consider guys like that to lead your team. it's just hypocritical.

Frank is the best available who isn't being considered. Gentry the best of these mentioned here. SVG wouldn't take the job but is an absolutely great basketball mind. He nearly won a championship with one of t
he biggest divas the nba has ever seen.

should have kept dunlap. 3 coaches in 3 years for kemba/biz. awesome way to develop young talent.

Posted by: charlottean | May 3, 2013 2:30:30 PM

How about Kareem Addul-Jabbar? He's looking for a chance to coach in the NBA. I would think the Bobcats would be the perfect team. I know one thing for sure, the players would look up to him, not down on him. Given the chance, he might just shock some people. He watches,studies and has excellent knowledge of how the game is to be played. I would definitely pick him over some of these has beens. If they're so good, why aren't they coaching now? Kareen would be great for Charlotte and the attendance would greatly improve.

Posted by: ozzie strom | May 6, 2013 4:11:31 PM

Elston Turner is the best choice. He's been around many of the best coaches like Alvin and Rick Adelman so he knows a variety of systems. He seeems to be a players coach, meaning he can bring out the best in a player's offense and defensive skill sets. Give him a shot Bobcats!

Posted by: JMays | May 9, 2013 5:52:36 PM

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