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NBA: Sloan one of three finalists for Charlotte head coach job

ESPN reported Monday night that Jerry Sloan is one of three finalists for the Charlotte Bobcats' head coaching job.

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Citing league sources, ESPN said Indiana assistant Brian Shaw and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Quin Snyder are also being considered as replacements for Paul Silas, who was fired after a 7-59 season.

Sloan, Snyder and Shaw will meet with Charlotte owner Michael Jordan "in the next week or so," according to the ESPN report. Bobcat executives Rod Higgins and Rich Cho are also involved in the decision-making process.

Sloan, 70, resigned midway through the 2010-11 season after 23 years as head coach of the Utah Jazz. Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009, Sloan is the only one of the Bobcat finalists with head coaching experience.

Sloan, Shaw and Snyder were chosen from a field of interviewees that included Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing, former Portland coach Nate McMillan, Golden State assistant Michael Malone, Cleveland assistant Nate Tibbetts, Charlotte assistant Stephen Silas, Memphis assistant Dave Joerger and St. John's University assistant Mike Dunlap.

-- Steve Luhm



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