Jerry Sloan to interview with Bobcats

Combined reports

Published: Thursday, May 24 2012 11:12 p.m. MDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte Bobcats will interview Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan on today for their vacant head coaching position.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team hasn't made its list of candidates public.

The 70-year-old Sloan spent 23 seasons with the Utah Jazz before resigning in February 2011. He hasn't coached since.

Sloan first told SI.com on Thursday that he plans to meet with Bobcats officials.

Sloan becomes the ninth known candidate, joining Patrick Ewing, Nate McMillan, Dave Joerger, Mike Malone, Nate Tibbetts, Mike Dunlap and Stephen Silas. The Bobcats also plan to interview Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw.

The Bobcats finished the season 7-59, the worst record in NBA history.

SHAQ NOT PURSUING ORLANDO JOB: Shaquille O'Neal's flirtation with the Orlando Magic's front office opening didn't last long.

O'Neal released a statement Thursday afternoon in which he said he will not pursue the job.

"When I first heard about the vacancy for the Orlando Magic general manager position, I was clearly intrigued," O'Neal said in his statement. "I was drafted by the Magic, I have a great love for the franchise, and I have made the city of Orlando my home. Additionally, I have great admiration and respect for the DeVos family.

"However, this is not a job I have an interest in pursuing. I feel very fortunate to be with TNT and to have the best job in sports. I look forward to many more years with Charles (Barkley), Kenny (Smith) and E.J. (Ernie Johnson). I wish the best for the Magic and I am confident that they will select a great GM and coach."

ESPN reported Wednesday night that the Magic would meet with O'Neal to discuss the position.

The team is looking for someone to head its basketball operations department after the team and Otis Smith parted ways on Monday.

JAMES, BRYANT NAMED TO ALL-NBA TEAM: LeBron James was the leading vote-getter for the All-NBA team, while Kobe Bryant earned his 10th first-team selection, tied for second on the career list.

Bryant, a first-team pick for the seventh straight season, joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy, Michael Jordan, Bob Pettit, and Jerry West with 10 selections to the first team. Karl Malone is the leader with 11.

James, who won his third MVP award, received 118 of a possible 120 first-team votes Thursday from a panel of writers and broadcasters. Joining him on the first team were scoring champion Kevin Durant, Clippers point guard Chris Paul and Magic center Dwight Howard.

Guards Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook were selected the second team along with forwards Kevin Love and Blake Griffin and center Andrew Bynum.

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