The Charlotte Bobcats ended the 2011-12 NBA season with a horrid 7-59 record, setting a new record for the worst winning percentage in NBA history. They broke the mark of the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers who went 9-73.
Additionally, the Bobcats ended the season on a 23 game losing streak that started against the Philadelphia 76ers on March 19 and went on all the way to the last game of the regular season against the New York Knicks on April 26.
Head coach Paul Silas is not going to return to the team next season meaning that there will be a new person running the show in Charlotte.
Who could be the best candidate to come into Charlotte and turn things around?
Possible candidates that have been mentioned so far have been assistant coach Michael Malone of the Golden State Warriors, assistant coach Patrick Ewing of the Orlando Magic, former Seattle and Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, longtime Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan, and current Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw.
What has not been said is whether these candidates are indeed interested and at the end of the day can they get the job done.
It almost seems that the right coach for the Bobcats needs to have a plethora of skills. These skills can range from the toughness and tenacity of longtime Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan and the defensive focus and manner of former Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan.
The bottom line is that until a coach is selected it will be difficult to actually pinpoint what coach will succeed in Charlotte. Maybe a possible solution could be to bring in an experienced coach on a short-term basis and have a younger associate head coach that will takeover in the long run.