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Charlotte Bobcats coach opening: 10 ideas on candidates

Candidates for coach

Ten ideas, in alphabetical order, on who’s available if they’re interesting in being the Charlotte Bobcats’ next coach:

Mo Cheeks: A former head coach and now lead assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Definitely deserves another shot.

Doug Collins: Collins coached Michael Jordan in Chicago, then jumped into the Washington situation at Jordan’s request. But I believe him when Collins said Philadelphia would be his last coaching stop in the NBA.

Patrick Ewing: Ewing aches for the chance to be a head coach that relatively few big men get. Jordan, a close friend from their Dream Team days, interviewed Ewing for the job a year ago.

Alvin Gentry: This team seems to need a veteran coach to balance the inexperience on the roster. Shelby native Gentry has coached a handful of NBA teams under similar circumstances. I still don’t get why Suns fired him.

Mike Malone: Mark Jackson’s top assistant in Golden State and a brilliant strategist. Stephen Curry is a big fan.

Byron Scott: He’s good with player relations, and point guard Kyrie Irving liked playing for him. Does he want to jump right back in after being fired by Cleveland?

Brian Shaw: An Indiana assistant, he was a finalist in Charlotte last time around. He probably didn’t get any points with Bobcats management by implying he was offered the job. They say only Dunlap was actually offered the job.

Stephen Silas: Longtime assistant and son of former Bobcats coach Paul Silas. He interviewed for the top job last summer, then signed a multi-year contract to stay on as an assistant in Charlotte.

Quin Snyder: The former Duke point guard is now coaching in Russia. The Bobcats were impressed with his sophisticated feel for running pick-and-rolls from all over the court.

The Van Gundys: Either Jeff or Stan would make the Bobcats a whole lot more interesting. But they’re both tight with Dunlap and probably wouldn’t be interested.

Rick Bonnell