Jerry Sloan: Charlotte Bobcats to Interview Sloan for Head Coaching Job

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IMay 24, 2012

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A young Charlotte Bobcats team is reportedly considering adding some experience in the form of head coach Jerry Sloan.  

The news comes via ESPN:

The Charlotte Bobcats will interview Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan on Friday for their vacant head coaching position, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

The Bobcats are coming off a historically bad season in which they finished 7-59 and were forced to fire head coach Paul Silas.

The fact they need some coaching help is quite the understatement. 



Sure, the Bobcats put up a miserable record in 2012, but more importantly, this is an incredibly young team. Kemba Walker, 22, and Bismack Biyombo, 19, are the future of this team.

Additionally, the Bobcats are hoping to get the No. 1 pick so they can bring in 19-year-old Kentucky phenom Anthony Davis.

That's three potential stars under the age of 23.

There is talent on this team, but the most important factor in their development will be getting the right coach who can get the most out of his players. 


Large number of candidates

According to ESPN, Sloan—if the report turns out to be true—would be the ninth known candidate for the Bobcats.

In addition to the longtime Utah Jazz head man, Patrick Ewing, Nate McMillan and Brian Shaw, among others, have reportedly been considered. There are some very intriguing candidates in there.

Sloan has one of the best resumes of any coach out there, but he has some impressive candidates that he will have to beat out for the job.

What this also means, of course, is that you shouldn't expect a decision soon.