Former Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw, who spent the past season as an… (Michael Laughlin / MCT )
Someone with a Lakers connection might get the job as Charlotte's head coach.
With former Utah legend Jerry Sloan bowing out of the picture, Brian Shaw and Quin Snyder are the finalists.
It would be either one's first time as an NBA head coach, and it probably wouldn't be easy. The Bobcats went 7-59 this season and set a record for lowest winning percentage (.106) in NBA history.
"They are impressive candidates," Bobcats President Rod Higgins said in an interview, adding he might take at least two more weeks to reach a decision. Higgins also said he reserved the right to add another candidate.
Shaw needs no introduction to Lakers fans.
He spent 12 years as a player, scout and assistant coach for the Lakers, famously making two fourth-quarter three-pointers in their Game 7 comeback against Portland in the 2000 Western Conference finals.
He was one of three candidates interviewed by the Lakers last year to replace Phil Jackson but didn't get the job. He became the associate head coach in Indiana, the right-hand man of Frank Vogel, and was a big part of the Pacers' successful season, which included a trip to the East semifinals.
Shaw won five championships with the Lakers — three as a player and two on Jackson's staff from 2005 until last season.
Snyder quietly won approval from Lakers players in his first season with the team, using his low-key yet focused demeanor to earn the team's trust as an assistant under Coach Mike Brown.
Last season, Snyder was an assistant with Philadelphia. Earlier in his career, he was the the University of Missouri coach for seven seasons.
Snyder was a standout college player at Duke and later joined Mike Krzyzewski's staff.