Update on the Bobcats coaching hunt: Interviews begin

Apparently while I was away in Greensboro helping a friend move, the Bobcats were busy starting the interviewing process with multiple coaches. Some are well-known, others not so much. Let's take a peek at a quick run-down.

Patrick Ewing (assistant coach, Orlando Magic)

Ewing's name has popped up before on the radar for the Bobcats as an option for a head coaching vacancy, notably after Larry Brown was let go. I don't have much of an idea what his team-oriented philosophies are, but Ewing's been instrumental for the development of Dwight Howard. Howard's post-game is undeservedly ridiculed as a joke, and despite it being not an elite skill of his, it's developed quite well since his arrival in the NBA. Ewing certainly helped him in those regards, as well as defensive fundamentals.

Mike Malone (assistant coach, Golden State Warriors)

Malone's quietly one of the hotter names for prospective head coaching gigs. He's moved up the ranks in the NBA from coaching assistant to assistant coach during four years with the Knicks, then to Cleveland for five years as an assistant, a year in New Orleans, and finally to Golden State as the right hand man to Mark Jackson. But the quiet secret is that many wonder why Malone wasn't the head coach of Golden State instead. He's more strategically sound, which is why many are looking at him now.

Brian Shaw (assistant coach, Indiana Pacers)

He's won rings as a player and a coach, and famously was Kobe Bryant's pick to succeed Phil Jackson. But the Lakers felt differently and Brian Shaw ended up in Indiana, where he's continued to have success. Check out this story from Indy Cornrows about his impact there. Good stuff.

Nate McMillan (former head coach, Portland Trail Blazers)

Hard-nosed, McMillan helped instill momentous change in Portland, sending the 'Jailblazers' era far into the rearview mirror. A quality motivational coach for years, questions arose concerning his rotations, playing time divisions, playoff success, etc. Amid a disappointing season and crumbling locker room swamped in frustrations, McMillan was let go. Now he's back on the market, and is not without qualifications. He helped mold Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum into the young core Portland has today and he coached the Seattle SuperSonics to the second round of the playoffs in 2005.

Stephen Silas (assistant coach, Charlotte Bobcats)

Another former Golden State assistant coach, Paul Silas brought his son over from the Warriors to help coach the Bobcats last year. This year we saw Stephen get more on-the-job training as a head coach, but with little change in results. But don't let that dominate the opinion on Stephen Silas: with this season, very few (if any) coaches could make that step and instantly bring a victory. He's good with connecting to the players and shows unbridled dedication to teach the x's and o's of the game.

Ultimately, we probably won't see the list narrowed down until after May 30, when the draft lottery occurs. Getting the top overall pick would make the job more attractive to the big name coaches.

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