REPORT: Mike Dunlap has agreed to become Bobcats head coach « Queen City Hoops

REPORT: Mike Dunlap has agreed to become Bobcats head coach

Per Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Mike Dunlap has agreed to become the next head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats.

The initial reaction around the league definitely comes with some shock to this news, but there’s also plenty of validity to it.

Dunlap has coached at eight different colleges and two professional organizations in his coaching career. Dunlap won two national championships with Division II Metro State College of Denver in Denver, CO. Immediately following his tenure at Metro State, Dunlap took a job under George Karl as an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets in 2006.

“There is no higher level of coaching ability than his. There is absolutely no one better,” said George Karl of Dunlap.

It all seems confusing at the moment, but let’s not have a negative trigger reaction to this. For one, everyone knew Jordan wished to stay cheap with his next head coaching hire and he also wanted a no nonsense, high expectations type of personality. It seems that he’s landed both of those aspects with Dunlap.


@WojYahooNBA Dunlap won Division II national titles at Metro State before Nuggets. Tough, no-nonsense guy. Clearly, MJ wants a teacher with young team.

@WojYahooNBA People I respect in NBA always believed Dunlap had chops to be a head coach. Just didn’t think it would be a leap from Steve Lavin’s bench.

@FranFraschilla Mike Dunlap. Wow! Since the Bobcats are a long way from winning, why not hire a great teacher for their young players and he is. Inspired.

@Lockedonsports George Karl on Mike Dunlap “He’s the most intelligent person that has a love for the game of basketball that I’ve ever been around.”

@CardboardGerald I’ll wait before throwing stones. He deserves a shot. But wow. What the heck that blew my mind.

@AwayToWorthy While he isn’t a big name, Dunlap apparently has a great basketball mind. Still a “meh” hire for me, but it’s a players league, not coaches.

7 comments to REPORT: Mike Dunlap has agreed to become Bobcats head coach

  • Edmond

    Brian shaw was the no-brainer, and MJ decided to take quite the risk. Hopefully MJ knows something we don’t, and hopefully he isn’t hiring another slouch that is there to make decisions that Jordan wants him to make.. Which was Larry browns problem. Shaw has 5 championship rings, how is that not a cant miss? Regardless, I’m optimistic this new guy isn’t another bad decision of mj’s.

  • Edmond

    Yep.. It’s hard to feel optimistic when MJ grabbed an assistant coach who helped lead a 13-17 saint johns team ( college basketball ), when he passed on an assistant coach who has 5rings and helped lead the pacers to a #3 seed, almost beating lebron and the rest of the heat. Here’s to hoping mike Dunlap is a real diamond in the rough

  • SDS

    two edomonds.., idk whitch one is whitch….are there two of you or 1? if there are two of you, plz add the first inital of your last name, and hope they arn’t also the same, I think st.johns did good last year in the tourny, a major “i think” didn’t watch to much of the tourny in the 2010-2011 season and well i just remember hearing about them in the tourney, i think this was one of those years st john were they had a bunch of freshmen coming in and seniors leaving, not everyone is a kentucky, duke kansas, or north carolina and can still make it to the tourny EVERY year despite losing alot of talent, and bringing in young blood to replace that talent,

  • [...] Honestly, there isn’t a ton to link to this morning that I found terribly earth shattering, so I just wanted to cover one thing: Mike Dunlap agreeing to becoming the coach of the Bobcats. [...]

  • Nate

    I know he’s not Doug Collins, but it seemed like they were going for a Doug Collins-like approach. Bring in a relative unknown in the coaching world and see what he can do with young talent; Collins’ first coaching job was for the Bulls in ’85/’86 when he coached a young MJ and Pippen. That’s like Dunlap coming in and coaching a young Walker, Henderson, and Biyombo. Also, it seems as if the Bobcats are trying to line themselves up to have someone who, as a former college coach, can mentor a ton of new, young talent that’s coming out of college.

    As much as the team is saying this won’t change how they draft, I think they’ll try to now draft guys with the highest motors and those most willing to develop. A trade for No. 2 to Nos. 6 & 11 is now totally doable: Beal at 6 and Arnett Moultrie or Terrence Jones at 11. Or keep No. 2 and take MKG. A few other names to look out for that could be taken at 31, or later if the Cats decide to trade down further:

    SF Jae Crowder, Marquette-High motor, always fighting on the glass, strong, solid defense
    SF/PF Quincy Acy, Baylor-Ideally the same reasons as Crowder, but more explosive in the open court
    PF/C Richardo Ratliffe, Missouri-High motor, great FG%, great hustle
    PF Kevin Jones, West Virginia-A bigger version of Crowder, absolute steal in the 2nd round
    PF Kyle O’Quinn, Norfolk State-Big man who plays even bigger (7’5″ wingspan), still learning game but would have a great teacher in Dunlap
    SF/PF Mike Scott, Virginia-Worked out for Cats, high energy/motor, great rebounder, smart player
    SG Will Barton, Memphis-Outstanding on the boards for someone his size, high motor, nice shooting touch

    I know I kind of rambled at the end, but I feel that the 2nd round pick (or picks, depending) could easily make an impact on the rotation this year…thoughts?

  • Edmond

    Agreed, you really do your research well dude. But anyways, we need high energy guys on our team because people like Tyrus Thomas and Boris Diaw are why our team only won 7 games. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a team filled with high energy/motor, and good attitude athletes.

  • Nate

    I couldn’t agree more. While Boris Diaw provided the slighest veteran presence at the start of the season, it quickly tapered off, and Tyrus never showed up this year (aka he froze in a year when he should’ve stepped up as a leader).

    I feel like high energy/motor is the only way to go in this ever-evolving NBA. Just look at what Kenneth Faried did this year in his rookie season: 10.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 bpg, .586 fg %, all because of his high energy (and a great skill set, but that’s beside the point). I’m really hung up on Jae Crowder, too. He only spent two seasons at Marquette, but in that time was vital to the teams overall success, improved his numbers across the board, was GREAT defensively (2.5 spg, 1.0 bpg), named Big-East POY, and is only the 5th player in Marquette school history to reach 1,000 career points in only two seasons (Darius Johnson-Odom and Dwyane Wade are two of the other five to do so, pretty good company to keep).

    Some may say that 31st is way too high for someone who’s “undersized” (6’6″ SF), but I think that Jae Crowder could play like a younger, healthier Maggette with a slightly higher upside. And with intangibles such as Crowder’s, he could either be a solid starter for 10 years, or a spark-plug 6th man for 15.