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Charlotte Bobcats hire Mike Dunlap, assistant coach at St. John’s

Jun 18, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

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Well… I mean… you know… the one thing you can say is… huh.

Yeah, that about sums it up.

The Charlotte Observer first reported and a half-dozen news outlets are confirming that the Charlotte Bobcats have hired a coach. It’s not Brian Shaw. It’s not Jerry Sloan. It’s not Quin Snyder.

It’s Mike Dunlap, former Nuggets assistant coach and current assistant coach at St. John’s.

Yeah, don’t bother go looking for his Wikipedia page. He doesn’t have one. Which doesn’t say anything about his coaching credentials, other than, you know, no one knows who he is. Dunlap has coached in the NBL, at Arizona, Oregon, and St. John’s under Steve Lavin. His last NBA gig was in 2008 with the Nuggets.

This is yet another “Wait, what?” move from Michael Jordan and the Bobcats, and you have to wonder how much salary was a part of this decision. It’s a homerun swing for a diamond in the rough. No, wait, sorry, we’re mixing metaphors. Sorry, pretty confused as to what exactly is going on in Charlotte. So now a coach with no experience as an NBA head coach and limited assistant coaching experience takes over the worst team in the league, without the No.1 pick, trying to scrape together something resembling a legitimate franchise.

Maybe he’ll stun us all and be a terrific coach out of nowhere. Just because we don’t know anything about him doesn’t make him bad. He’s got a ton of X’s and O’s coaching chops. It’s just…

It’s weird. It’s unforeseen. It’s the Bobcats.

  1. knightrider1755 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Wow. For what it’ s worth, they should have gone with Patrick.

  2. wjmoffatt - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Feel bad for this guy, his put into a no win situation! Hopefully they;ll let him have an input on who to draft! Not another older college american but hopefully this time they’ll learn and draft a player younger with more talent.

    • ss3walkman - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:58 AM

      I think they hired him cause he’s cheap, hungry and expectations are low considering they’re a project team that’s extremely young. Bring in a big name once they’re more established. Why not take a chance? They’ll be losing for the next 2 years minimum anyway.

  3. blueintown - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    LeBron is going to be a way better owner than M.J.

    • ss3walkman - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      you fool

      • ss3walkman - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:59 AM

        You must be referring to him as an owner right?

    • tomtravis76 - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      Doesn’t Lebron have a minor ownership stake in Liverpool FC?

  4. ndirishfan1 - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Mike Dunlap is a widely respected basketball mind. He’s been a top flight assistant at the college level since leaving his role as an assistant for the Denver Nuggets a few years back.

    He was so widely respected that Lute Olson at University of Arizona (not exactly a slouch) brought him on as a potential replacement. Dunlap declined to take over for Olson during his leave of absence in 2008-09 without being tabbed “coach-in-waiting”; Russ Pennell took the interim label, though Dunlap was the man behind the x’s and o’s. Dunlap did a pretty solid job too considering the chaos – he and Pennell took the Wildcats to the Sweet 16 after a turbulent season.

    Steve Lavin – who assembled one heck of a staff at St. John’s – brought in Dunlap as his lead assistant.

    The Bobcats will be well prepared with x’s and o’s and should be developed well with Dunlap.

    At the end of the day, they are the Bobcats and after the draft we won’t hear about them again until the next lottery. And people will probably still be asking the question – who is Mike Dunlap?

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:02 AM

      Good insight. If that’s all true I Iearned a lot more in your short comment then I did that whole article.

      • lvtutorservice - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:58 AM

        Three or four years ago, OKC was 3-29, fired their coach, and hired Scott Brooks. A questionable hire at the time. Went 20-30 the rest of the season. He steadily got better until his team is now, three or four years later, is in the NBA Finals.
        Dunlap doesn’t inherit as much talent as OKC has, but if OKC’s fortunes have improved then possibly Charlotte’s fortunes will. Maybe this could happen despite MJ being the owner and possibly worst person to play for in the NBA.

  5. tiger7575 - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    I have watched Coach Dunlap for 15 years, he is an awesome coach and a leader of men, if the job is doable he will get it done! HM

  6. hdanger10 - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    As a depressed Bobcats fan, nothing is surprising anymore. I was already wondering where Quinn Snyder came from but this takes the cake!

  7. buffalowned - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    relax guys it’s just an unpaid internship so he can build his resume

  8. vstyle23 - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Yes!!! We get Shaw said the Orlando Magic

  9. brenenostler - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Yeah, why get Patrick Ewing or Stan Van Gundy when they can have Mike Dunlap.

  10. lakerluver - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    I’m convinced MJ doesn’t have a clue. He is just fortunate he has all that Nike Air, Gatorade and Haines money.

  11. rocketsbb - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    This franchise is screwed over. Next thing you know they trade the 2nd pick for rashard Lewis

  12. mojowheelz - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    I’ve watched Dunlap coach for the last 15 years and think he will surprise many people. He has won national titles with the Metro State Roadrunners. He is a great basketball mind and hope he finally makes a name for himself and proves the doubters wrong. Congrats Coach Dunlap!

  13. ncarolinarn7 - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Michael please move somewhere else. I am NOT kidding. Really. Go please. P.S. please sell this team to someone who understands basketball. I didn’t know basketball caused conclusions. Weird. 😢

  14. thetylerrose - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Where do I sign for season tickets? Championship!

  15. badintent - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Mike smashed his head into the wall after the Judge said to pay his ex-wife $150 million !! Concussions do that . Just look at the moron’s bigot rant against all his white coaches in high school, college and the pros. He’s starting to make Isiah look normal……… for a lower class primate.

  16. ncarolinarn7 - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Concussions not conclusions. I typed it and spell check thought I was speaking philosophically I guess.

  17. cosanostra71 - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    I have no idea who this guy is. But good luck to him. Would make a great story if he turns out.

  18. magicbucs - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    I think it’s cause nobody really wants that coaching job. So it’s the best they can do lol

  19. pnoy88 - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    its an ego trip hire iif he turns out to be good, mj gets all the credit, he hires an establish coach and makes the bobcats somewhat respectable, coach gets the credit
    its official mj is the jerry jones of the nba!!!

  20. ncarolinarn7 - Jun 19, 2012 at 4:54 AM


  21. stropcity - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    MJ just can’t get out of his own way.

  22. birdsflynorth206 - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Look up Mike Dunlap’s resume before talking bad about him. This is a great hire especially for a young team.

  23. deshackle - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    A NBA D-League move from a NBA D-League orginization.

  24. ironpeddler255 - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Folks…you have to start sometime! Every great coach had to start under adverse circumstances at one time. This guy is a student of the game like no other…you’ll all see.

    The only thing going against ANY new coach in professional sports is that the players make so much more than the coaches, these pea brains think that makes them an authority about the sport they play…which is hardly ever the case. When you have players with limited intelligence being told they are great, they think they are great at EVERYTHING!…including knowing more than the head coach…and the NBA is the leader with these supposed know-it-alls.

    Add in the lack of pride and guaranteed contracts, and you have a bunch of lazy, dumb, pouting players that don’t put out any effort if they are not catered to.

    The classic cases of “the inmates running the asylum” is rampant in the NBA. Everyone (players, owners, media) has their own agenda and unfortunately those agendas have nothing to do with winning a Championship. It’s usually (in order)…getting rich, making a profit, and turning every story into a reality show!

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