The Bobcats weren’t the first team to hire their replacement coach this off season. That went to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who had some old letterhead with Mike Brown’s name on it, and it was in comic sans so they just had to hurry up and use it. The Suns snatched up Jeff Hornacek, well they hired him, I’m not sure there was anyone else who was salivating for his services. The Bobcats have hired Steve Clifford, most recently of the Lakers bench, to be their next head coach.
It was a bit of a surprise as the search had been quiet in the last few days. There were only a few candidates so far and it wasn’t some pool and finalist structure as we had seen last season. Ahh, last season, when we all knew that Mike Dunlap would be the answer. Dunlap was fired a few weeks after the season. After the dust settled on the exit interviews where the players widely panned him, he was shown the door. Player development, whatever, it was either a bad hire or a bad firing, just to do it that quickly. Enter the candidates that everyone talks about: Brian Shaw (still working with the Pacers), Alvin Gentry (native of the area, fired mid-season with Suns), Kelvin Sampson (Rockets, etc), Nate McMillan, JB Bickerstaff (yikes) and don’t forget Quin Snider from last year. I don’t know who or how many had interviews but I think I read that both Sampson and Clifford were in town last Tuesday.