Jerry Sloan Bobcats: Veteran Head Coach Can't Fix Charlotte
Charlotte's struggles during the 2011-2012 NBA season will forever live in league infamy, or at least until another squad posts a worse season record than 7-59.
Jerry Sloan has been called "One of the greatest coaches and most respected coaches in NBA history" by league commissioner David Stern in the past, but even this Hall of Famer can't fix Michael Jordan's mess of a team.
Obviously, no deal has been agreed to by either party, so this is mere speculation on if Sloan were to take the job. The legendary former Utah Jazz head coach has over 1,200 career victories to his name, but considering the minimal on-court talent and less-than-stellar management in this franchise, it would be difficult for Sloan to succeed in Charlotte.
The team does have former college standout Kemba Walker, Bismack Biyombo and whoever the choose in this year's NBA draft to build around, but realistically speaking, at Sloan's age he can't be in Charlotte long enough to see this team fully develop.
The former Chicago Bulls player and coach is already 70 years old. The Bobcats already tried the wily veteran head coach thing when they brought Larry Brown in several years back. Albeit, Brown brought the franchise to their first and only playoff appearance back in 2008, but that squad had more around it than the current incarnation of the team.
Sloan certainly has the right coaching style and success that Charlotte should look for, but the move just doesn't make sense for the currently-retired coach. The Illinois-born Hall of Famer thrived on the small market level with Utah, never needing to sign three mega-star players in free agency to put together a championship run.
The Bobcats likely wouldn't have to drastically change their free agency methods with Sloan around, but considering the coach won't exactly be with the organization as he was with Utah, playoff success isn't likely to happen during his tenure in Charlotte.
Whether this matters to Sloan or not is unknown, but he recently tell the Salt Lake Tribune that he has realistic expectations if he were to come to the Bobcats, stating:
"Obviously, you probably wouldn’t win [a title] right off the bat, but sometimes it’s not all about starting on top."
Perhaps these comments show that Sloan isn't trying to return simply to grab the brass ring and get his first-ever NBA Championship or Coach of the Year Award. Maybe he just wants to get on the court and coach again, but there are better teams out there that could be interested in a coach of his caliber and have a better path to the Finals than the worst team in the league.
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