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There is support out there for Bobcats new coach Dunlap

Jun 19, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

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In all the stories about the Charlotte Bobcats coaching search, we at PBT dutifully listed Mike Dunlap, assistant coach at St. Johns, among the guys interviewed. Like you, we thought that a courtesy interview because he knew somebody, he was not a guy on most people’s NBA radar.

But he got the job.

And while we questioned the hire — in part because Dunlap is an unknown quantity, in part because the Bobcats named three finalists then hired outside that circle, in part because of the rumors they were trying to hire on the cheap — there has been support coming up for him from other coaches. Most notably Nuggets head man George Karl, who had Dunlap as an assistant for years. Here is what Karl tweeted (yes, Karl is on twitter):

Great hire by Bobcats! Mike Dunlap is one of the most creative defensive minds I’ve ever worked with. Welcome back to the NBA!

The other book on Dunlap is that he is good at player development, therefor is a fit for the young and rebuilding Bobcats (or at least that is the direction they should be going).

Maybe. Honestly nobody knows how he will do as a coach and while this is a gamble Dunlap gets a chance. He, like every other coach in this league, will be judged based on wins and losses (relative to expectations). Do well, help the team grow and evolve, and he stays. It’s not a complex equation.

But the way it went down was still very Bobcats. Why interview three guys as finalists — Jerry Sloan, Brian Shaw and Quin Snyder — then hire outside that circle? Who knows? Bottom line Michael Jordan and Rich Cho you have your guy, good luck with him. He’s your gamble now.

  1. suhnum1fan - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    MJ just go back to baseball! You’re the worst exec in all of sports

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:30 AM

      Obviously you’ve never seen Isiah Thomas’ resume.

    • lawful1 - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      Obviously you dont watch football and this team they call the browns.

  2. birdsflynorth206 - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    No one knows if this is a good hire or not until games are played so let’s reserve judgement till then

  3. dacapt704 - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Why interview three guys as finalists — Jerry Sloan, Brian Shaw and Quin Snyder — then hire outside that circle? Who knows?

    Its called research…

    The reason why is because once Sloan dropped out they brought Dunlap BACK IN for another round of interviews. This was on the Charlotte Observer, a simple cut & paste would have provided this info. But of course its much more fun to be smug & sarcastic…makes for better reading, I get it

  4. bparmalee - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    MJ… as always…. went with the cheapest possible option… period. NBA teams do not hire college assistant coaches to be head coaches. The reason being….. the players won’t have any respect for him. Hire him as a defensive coach if you want his “creative (college) defensive mind”. They figure they can lose 60 games with anyone so why not save some money. To recap MJ won’t change the Bobcats stupid name because it would cost 10 million, he cap dumped Chandler and Wallace… and now he hires an assistant coach from an also ran college team. What a waste of an NBA team.

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