The Charlotte Bobcats have fired their rookie head coach, Mike Dunlap after only one season. He came in out of nowhere (St. John’s assistant), said the right things, started hot (7-5), didn’t freak out when things went bad, tripled the win total from the previous season and got fired.
I’m not crying over this. I don’t completely get it but I’m sort of ok with it. Not knowing details and honestly, completely spit-balling here, I sort of could see how a one-and-done hire worked for Dunlap. He never really, truly impressed me as a coach. I’m not really the one he was aiming to impress, Michael Jordan, Rich Cho and Rod Higgins were, but he never made me think “Wow, this guy has his stuff together and knows where this team is going.”
Dunlap was charged with player development. I believe he was a place-marker but a good one, from the beginning. He wasn’t going to lead this team, in 3 years to the Playoffs. Coach Dunlap was here to take younger players and give them tools that would lead to success down the road. He did that and to me, that’s a huge reason to be upset with this firing. He did what was expected and asked of him, and still lost his job at the end of one crappy season.