The Charlotte Bobcats’ decision to hire St. John’s University assistant coach Mike Dunlap as their head coach almost certainly is good news for the
It all but ensures that the Magic will have a wide candidate pool once they begin their search to replace
In addition to Shaw, the list of potential Magic coaching candidates includes Steve Clifford, Mike D’Antoni,
That's the way it should be. If you're going to have someone lead your basketball operations department, then that individual should have the authority to run the search and, at the minimum, have his final hiring recommendation carry significant weight.
Bower, Hennigan and Lindsey each should have lists of coaching candidates in mind already. Martins and the DeVos family almost certainly asked each GM candidate for his thoughts on potential coaches, and the eventual GM hire needs to move quickly in picking a coach. The Magic shouldn't go into free agency on July 1 without a coach in place.
It's been said widely that Shaw preferred to work for the Magic or the Blazers over the Bobcats.
Well, of course he did. Charlotte has minimal talent (as shown by their terrible 7-59 record this past season), and Bobcats Owner
Shaw loved his three seasons as a Magic player in the mid-1990s, and the DeVos family also likes him.
All that said, the Magic owe Jordan a thank you.
The Bobcats' decision to hire Dunlap leaves the buyers' market for coaches mostly intact.
The Magic might not want to hire Shaw, but he will be available if the team wants to pursue that avenue.