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.