Mike Dunlap is the Charlotte Bobcats New Head Coach
It was reported today that the Michael Jordan owned Charlotte Bobcats, aka the NBA's worst team, have hired Mike Dunlap to be the new head coach of their team.
Hoopsvibe's Quick Call: The Bobcats can only be better under Dunlap. (Hopefully.)
Dunlap will replace Paul Silas, who was fired after he led the Bobcats to the worst regular season winning percentage in NBA history this past year. The Bobcats finished the season with a record of 7-59 or a .106 winning percentage. Straight up terrible.
So who is Mike Dunlap???
Honestly, I didn't know much about him either.
Dunlap, 54, and an Alaskan native, was most recently the assistant coach at St. John's University when he accepted the Charlotte job. He spent a few years as the assistant coach of the Denver Nuggets from 2006-2008. The 2007-08 Denver squad under George Karl and Dunlap won 50 games; it was the first time in 23 seasons that they accomplished that feat. During his tenure as assistant, the Nuggets had a 95-69 record and made the playoffs twice. Apparently, George Karl has had a lot of great things to say about his former assistant in recent years. "Mike Dunlap absolutely elevates every player and team he comes into contact with," said Karl. He went on to say, "There is no higher level of coaching ability than his."
That's a pretty serious compliment.
Even though Dunlap spent a few seasons in the NBA, the majority of his basketball experience has been in the college game.
Early in his career, and before joining the Nuggets, Dunlap coached at Southern California under George Raveling and then was an assistant at Iowa. He was also the assistant coach at Loyola Marymount, his alma mater, and spent 10 years at Metropolitan State College in Denver. At Metro State, he compiled a record of 248-50 (.832) and won the Division II National Title in 2000 and 2002. After coaching the Nuggets for a few seasons, he was the assistant coach at Arizona under Lute Olson and spent time as the assistant at Oregon. He seems to have been an extremely effective assistant at both the collegiate and professional levels.
His hiring comes as a surprise to many as Dunlap was not one of the three original finalists for the Charlotte head coaching job. It was thought that the gig would go to either former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, Pacers assistant Brian Shaw or Quin Snyder, the Lakers assistant coach.
Best of luck to Dunlap as the Bobcats new coach. Frankly, he can't do any worse.
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