NBA Rumors: Jerry Sloan Is a Perfect Fit to Coach Bobcats

Kevin Van PeltCorrespondent IMay 7, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04:  Head coach Jerry Sloan of the Utah Jazz reacts in the first half while taking on the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The New York Daily News has reported that the Charlotte Bobcats are interested in hiring former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan as their next coach.

Paul Silas was fired as coach after the Bobcats finished with the worst winning percentage in NBA history at 10 percent (7-59). Coach Sloan has a winning percentage of 60 percent and has 1,221 wins in his legendary coaching career.

He never won a championship, but he consistently had teams make the playoffs and made his teams better than they really were. His resignation was a surprise and it seems like he would not want to go out that way. One would have to think if the right situation came about he would take the job.

So now the question becomes will the legendary coach, who is 70 years old, want to take the time to rebuild the worst team in the NBA. He has a resume that speaks on its own. If he wants to be a coach again he just has to say the word and the offers would start flying immediately.

What may sway Sloan into coaching the Bobcats would be that they could acquire the No. 1 overall draft pick and select Kentucky's Anthony Davis. The Kentucky center is the type of player you can build a team around and Sloan might not pass on that offer.

As for the Bobcats, they need to press hard for Sloan to be their next coach. Owner Michael Jordan has great respect for the coach and knows what kind of passion he has for the sport. Sloan admires Jordan as well and he might be convinced to join the team with Jordan's guidance.

The Bobcats have little to look forward to in their future and if they get the first pick in the draft, Sloan can be a mentor to Davis and slowly bring life back into the city and the team. 

Charlotte already has Cam Newton representing the Carolina Panthers and has helped bring energy to a franchise that was on its way down. Charlotte also is the heart of NASCAR country with most teams' race shops located around the Charlotte area, as well as the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The Bobcats need someone to lift this team up and make them a recognized team in the NBA again and for the people of Charlotte. Sloan will be able to make the team better with his style of coaching and dedication he puts into it.

If the first pick is obtained, the combination of Davis and Sloan will be exciting to watch develop on and off the court and make the Charlotte Bobcats a relevant team again.