Bobcats set to name Vincent head coach
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – The Charlotte Bobcats have reportedly decided
to hire Sam Vincent as their new head coach.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Vincent — a Dallas Mavericks assistant
— has accepted the job and barring a last-minute breakdown in contract
negotiations will be introduced by Friday.
The 44-yeard old Vincent will succeed Bernie Bickerstaff, who coached the
Bobcats in their first three seasons and remains the club’s general manager.
Most of Vincent’s coaching experience is on the international front. He got
his start in coaching in South Africa, overseeing a pro team in Cape Town.
Vincent has also coached teams in Greece and the Netherlands, but is best
known for piloting the Nigerian national men’s team to a stunning upset over
world power Serbia & Montenegro at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.
Vincent has only been an NBA assistant for one season, but did coach the Fort
Worth Flyers in the NBA’s developmental league to the championship round
before his stint in Dallas.
A former point guard, Vincent played seven NBA seasons and was a teammate of
Bobcats’ managing partner Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls. He also
played for Bickerstaff with the Seattle Supersonics.