Michael Jordan announced at a press conference on Tuesday that the Bobcats have filed the necessary paper work to become the Hornets starting with the 2014-15 NBA season.
Jordan is catching some heat for not "dressing up" for the press conference, as well as for a lack of former Hornets in attendance. But the good news is that Charlotte is getting its original name back, which is what the fans wanted. That was made possible by the fact the New Orleans Hornets will now be known as the Pelicans, and Jordan can only hope that the name change will bring the Charlotte franchise some much needed mojo going forward.
The Bobcats have started the process of changing their name to the Hornets, a source with knowledge of the situation told Will Brinson of CBS Sports.
This isn't exactly a surprise. Once the Hornets changed their names to Pelicans, there were multiple reports the Bobcats were at least exploring the idea of returning to the name of the franchise that played in Charlotte from 1988 to 2002. According to Brinson, there's no timeline for the change but commissioner-in-waiting Adam Silver said in April that such a process can at least 18 months.
The Bobcats will interview CSKA Moscow assistant coach Quin Snyder for their vacant head coach position, a source tells Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Snyder interviewed with the Bobcats last year too when he was an assistant on Mike Brown's Lakers staff. Charlotte of course went with Mike Dunlap, who was fired at the end of the season, and Snyder ended up taking an assistant coaching job in Russia. Snyder will be the seven known candidate to interview with Charlotte, joining Steve Clifford, Alvin Gentry, Nate Tibbetts, Kelvin Sampson, Jeff Hornacek and Elston Turner.
The Bobcats will interview Lakers assistant Steve Clifford for their head coaching vacancy.
Clifford is the sixth known candidate to potentially fill the position vacated by the firing of Mike Dunlap, joining Alvin Gentry, Nate Tibbetts, Kelvin Sampson, Jeff Hornacek and Elston Turner. Turner was an assistant for Mike Brown and then Mike D'Antoni with the Lakers this season after spending nine seasons combined on the staffs of Jeff and Stan Van Gundy.
The "list of known candidates" for the open Bobcats coaching position is comprised of: Jeff Hornacek, Kelvin Sampson, Nate Tibbetts, Elston Turner and Alvin Gentry.
Hornacek is currently an assistant in Utah, Sampson in Houston and Tibbetts in Cleveland, whereas Turner was most recently an assistant in Phoenix and Gentry was canned by the Suns during the 2012/13 season. Charlotte has no timetable to make their next hire but the list is five candidates long with the potential to grow.
Alvin Gentry will interview for the Bobcats head coaching vacancy, according to David Aldridge.
Gentry would be an interesting fit in Charlotte, and while the Bobcats will interview several candidates, we'd have to imagine Gentry will get a serious look given his experience on the sidelines. The Bobcats have to hire a coach capable of staying on the bench for more than a season or two.
The Bobcats will interview longtime NBA assistant Elston Turner for their vacant head coaching position, source tells Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Turner has over 15 years of coaching experience as an assistant, most recently with the Suns. The Bobcats also asked for permission interview Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson, although he's likely to be a candidate for much better jobs than Charlotte's opening. Spears reports the Bobcats are expected to begin the interviewing process next week.