The Charlotte Bobcats' coaching search will continue this week when owner Michael Jordan's club interviews Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing on Thursday and Memphis Grizzlies assistant Dave Joerger on Friday, according to sources.
The Bobcats, whose top priority is to find a coach capable of developing young players, are interviewing Mike Dunlap on Wednesday. Dunlap, a well-respected basketball mind in both college and pro circles, is the associate head coach to Steve Lavin at St. John's University.
Ewing, a close friend of Jordan's and an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic, will be the biggest name yet to speak with the Bobcats. The club already has interviewed Golden State assistant Mike Malone and Cleveland assistant Nate Tibbetts.
Joerger has quickly developed a reputation as one of the hot young assistant coaches in the league. He just completed his third year in Memphis working with coach Lionel Hollins. Joerger has won five minor league championships as a head coach in the NBA Developmental League, the International Basketball Association and the Continental Basketball Association.
The Bobcats are not expected to make a hire for several weeks. They also have interest in Indiana assistant Brian Shaw, former Portland and Seattle coach Nate McMillan, and former Utah coach Jerry Sloan, sources said. Bobcats assistant Stephen Silas, son of recently released coach Paul Silas, also will be interviewed, according to sources.