19 June 2012

The Charlotte Bobcats hired whom?

The Charlotte Bobcats have made their head coaching hire and no, it is not who the finalists were said to be. Pacers assistant Brian Shaw was not hired. Lakers assistant Quin Snyder was not hired. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan was not hired either. So who did the Bobcats hire? Mike Dunlap.

Wait, who the hell is Mike Dunlap? Well you may have known him at the guy who took over in the interim for St. John's when Steve Lavin began treatment for prostate cancer. So the Bobcats are hiring an assistant at the collegiate level for their head coaching job? Sounds terrible, right? It may not be as bad as you would initially think, but still is a head-scratcher.

This immediatly reeks of Michael Jordan, embattled Bobcats owner, making yet another ridiculous move to save a lot of money. And it will certainly save them money as Dunlap will absolutely make less than the appeared finalists would have. But was Jordan involved in the decision, or was it the move of smart general manager Rich Cho and his move only? There have been reports that it was not a unified decision and that aspect rests on Jordan's shoulder and besides, could we expect nothing less from MJ?

To be fair to Dunlap, he does have an intriguing resume unlike most guys who get hired in the NBA. He has coached at Cal Lutheran, in Australia and spent ten years at Metro State, going 248-50 and winning a pair of Division II titles. More recently he has worked as an assistant at Arizona, Oregon and of course St. John's and coached in the NBA from 2006-08 for the Denver Nuggets and George Karl, who had high praise for his former assistant.

And who knows, maybe Dunlap can work wonders with what is likely will be a rough and young roster to work with. It simply cannot get any worse than it was last year and starting at the bottom, why not go outside the box and take a risk that could have a lot of reward? Hell, it sounds like the NBA Draft?

No comments:

Post a Comment