Monday, June 18th, 2012 at 10:40 pm  |  22 responses

Charlotte Bobcats Hired Mike Dunlap as New Head Coach

Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats made another head-scratching decision today, hiring St. John’s (now former) assistant coach Mike Dunlap to lead the team from the bench. Reports the Charlotte Observer: “Dunlap, 54, is a former Denver Nuggets assistant who was acting head coach this season at St. John’s while Steve Lavin was recovering from prostate cancer surgery. A source familiar with the process said Dunlap was offered the job Monday night, after interviewing in Charlotte with owner Michael Jordan, vice chairman Curtis Polk, president of basketball operations Rod Higgins and general manager Rich Cho. He has accepted. Dunlap was one of 10 candidates interviewed since the Bobcats opened this search May 8, but the only one offered the job, the source confirmed. Dunlap will replace Paul Silas, who was not given a new contract following the season. So who is Dunlap and why was he hired as fifth coach in the Bobcats’ nine-year existence? The Observer’s source, who asked for anonymity because Dunlap’s hire isn’t official, said Dunlap impressed the front office with his high energy and collaborative approach. Also, he wants to run an up-tempo offense and attacking defense that figures to fit some of the Bobcats’ younger personnel. Dunlap has spent most of his career at the college level, working for, among others, Lute Olson in Arizona. He essentially ran the St. John’s program last season, both game days and off days, while Lavin recovered from surgery. There were far more prominent candidates, such as Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and former Supersonics and Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan.”

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  • Jay Cutler


  • Jeremy


  • Fakeer Raheem

    I think Larry Brown said it best, when he said: ‘Some people think that anyone can coach in this league’. I can’t help but believe that the
    Charlotte Bobcats’ leadership has committed another boo-boo!

    The Bobcats need a coach who can teach its personnel how to succeed at the professional level; and, that means that the professional game is a lot different from the college style of play. Simply stated, in college games ambitious athletes compete against equally ambitious opposing players,a few of which display future professional potential. But in the professional game, all of the players were outstanding players in college and have shown themselves to be capable as professionals.

    Theoretically, all professional games are “college all-star games”, in that every player was a star in college; and, many have become all-stars as professional; some become or are on the way to becoming NBA Hall of Famers. Thus the dilemma of the Bobcats will continue into the next season.

    Sorry, Mike. You still have a long way to go before your team becomes a legitimate contender in the NBA.

  • bdogg

    wow..shocker..i figured it would be shaw for sure..great not too late! lets bring brian back to la and reinvent showtime 2k12!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    This dude was a former coach in the NBL in Australia. For Adelaide.
    Heck of a shock though.

  • O

    For that they should’ve hired my man, Patrick Ewing!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    L after L, Bobcats keep taking them. But fine, my Bulls now have a better chance to draft Jabari Parker. I’m sick of wish these guys the best lol.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    L after L, Bobcats keep taking them. But fine, my Bulls now have a better chance to draft Jabari Parker. I’m sick of wish these guys the best lol.

  • Stefano

    oh oh, I don’t know if MJ is behind this choice but perspective of a new failure is just there. He experienced the triangle and got 6 rings, with a young team to be developed even with poor talent is the best starting point that means only reasonable choice is Brian Shaw which should be able to bring P Gasol in the mix (at least) …. I was hopin’ to see again PJ style but also this dream is dead if the Bobcats hired this guy. I’m very sad

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I hit that

  • http://Somethingsomething. Ugh

    There’s a really obvious reason Dunlap was chosen – he’s cheaper. In fact, I’ll bet you Sloan pulled out because the money they were offering wasn’t enough.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Just reading that George Karl called him an excellent defensive coach.

  • L Dribble

    I thought it was spelt “Dunleavy”?

  • thecomputerdude

    Man, B Shaw can’t catch a break. I have no idea who this cat is.

  • http://www.nba.com Shadojoker

    Who is dunlap ? Why Jordan why?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Who? MJ is just a terrible exec…

  • Jake

    Lol at least give the guy a few years to coach before we judge him.

  • T-Money

    mike doesn’t want to pay for a coach. i bet this guy doesn’t even demand a mil.

  • Bt

    You have to admire the competitiveness of Jordan. The bobcats may have lost out on the number 1 pick this year but he’s working harder than ever to make sure they get it next year

  • dsleepy


  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    MJ isnt even trying anymore at this point

  • B.C.

    No matter who they hire as head coach or draft this year they will still be one of the worst if not the worst team in the NBA. No one can save them, not even Michael Jordan, clearly he’s not a good executive or owner.