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2012 Lakers Offseason: Assistant Coach Quin Snyder Is A Finalist For Head Coach Of The Charlotte Bobcats

The Charlotte Bobcats are looking for their next head coach and both a former Lakers assistant and a current one are in the running.

After interviewing the likes of Patrick Ewing and Nate McMillan, among others, the Bobcats have narrowed down their head coach candidates down to the three: Lakers assistant Quin Snyder, Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, according to ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.

Sloan, of course, is a Hall of Famer and one of the best coaches of the past 25 years. He's also the only one with past head coaching experience. Meanwhile, Shaw and Snyder are both looking for their first gigs on the professional level. Snyder has head coached in the college ranks which should help his candidacy but Shaw has been one of the most sought after assistants in the league for a couple of years now.

Snyder would be leaving a Mike Brown staff that's only been in LA for a year to take over a team in need of guidance, leadership and patience. With such a young team, Snyder's ability to relate to players in that age range due to his college experience, could come into play.

Snyder will meet with Bobcats owner Michael Jordan within the next week or so.

Check out more on Snyder and the Lakers' offeseason at Silver Screen and Roll.