The Charlotte Bobcats have narrowed down their list of possible coaching candidates to three.
According to a report on ESPN.com, the three finalists are Hall of Fame head coach Jerry Sloan (who has been out of coaching since 2011), Brian Shaw (who has served as an assistant with the Indiana Pacers and the Los Angeles Lakers) and Quin Snyder (who is an assistant with the Lakers after spending one year with the Philadelphia 76ers).
However, the decision will most likely come after Bobcats Chairman Michael Jordan meets with each candidate in hopes of eventually naming one of the three as the next head coach.
Sloan has the most coaching experience out of the bunch, having served 23 years in Utah before resigning mid-season (in 2011). He is an old-school coach who would have to find an effective way to communicate with a roster filled with young players who are learning how to win.
However, both Shaw and Snyder have no head coaching experience at the NBA level, but they come from very distinct backgrounds.
Shaw played in the NBA for 14 years and was an assistant coach under Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers. This past season, Shaw was an assistant with the Indiana Pacers.
Quin Snyder comes from the college rankings, where he served as an assistant under Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski for six years before becoming the head coach at Missouri for seven years. He then moved on to the NBDL and then to the NBA as an assistant coach (with both Philadelphia and the Lakers).
No matter which coach the Bobcats select, they need to make roster moves to put themselves in a better position, both in the short-term and long-term. Otherwise, whoever is brought in as the new coach will have to deal with a plethora of youth on an unbalanced roster.