According to a source close to the Charlotte Bobcats, the team will interview Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan for their vacant head coaching position on Friday.
Though the team hasn’t made its list of candidates public yet, the 70-year-old Sloan would likely be the biggest name on it. During an interview with SI.com on Thursday, Sloan did admit that he planned to meet with Bobcats officials.
Sloan spent 23 seasons as the head coach of the Utah Jazz before resigning in February of 2011 after an ongoing spat with star point guard Deron Williams. He hasn’t coached since.
Sloan coached the Chicago Bulls from 1979-82, putting together a record of 94-121 before being fired in the middle of his third season with the team.
He was eventually hired by the Jazz in 1989 and over the next 23 seasons he racked up 1,127 wins against 682 losses. That’s a winning percentage of 62.3. He also led the Jazz to two Western Conference titles, and the team went to the playoffs 19 times with Sloan in charge.
The 2009 Hall of Fame inductee becomes the ninth known candidate for the Charlotte job. Patrick Ewing, Nate McMillan, Dave Joerger, Mike Malone, Nate Tibbetts, Mike Dunlap and Stephen Silas are all in the mix, as is Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw.
The Bobcats are coming off a season in which they posted the worst record in NBA history at 7-59. If anyone can turn around the franchise’s fortunes, it’s a hard-nosed, discipline-oriented guy like Sloan.