Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan reportedly pulled out of the race to become the next coach of the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday.
"I took myself out [Thursday]," Sloan told SI.com. "I don't want to comment on it because it's never profitable for anybody. It just makes it sound like you're making a statement about someone. But they were wonderful and there were no problems. I just took myself out."
Sloan was believed to be one of three final contenders for the job that became vacant when Paul Silas departed following the team's dismal 7-59 season, the worst winning percentage in NBA history.
The other two contenders for the job are Lakers assistant Quin Snyder and Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, The Charlotte Observer reported.