The “Charlotte Observer” reported Monday night that the Charlotte Bobcats have chosen St. John’s assistant coach Mike Dunlap to become the fifth head coach of the franchise. The move, which will be officially be announced later this week according to the paper’s sources; is somewhat of a surprise, as published reports last week stated that Charlotte had narrowed their choices to three candidates and Dunlap’s name was not on the list.
The paper’s sources state, that after former Utah Jazz Jerry Sloan, removed his name from consideration for the post, B-Cats Team Owner Michael Jordan decided to interview more prospective coaches, rather than to just hire one of the two remaining candidates, Pacers assistant Brian Shaw or Lakers assistant Quinn Snyder.
Jordan interviewed the St. John’s assistant; who had acted as head coach for his school’s team while the program’s head coach Steve Lavin, recovered from prostate surgery, after doctors discovered cancer. Jordan was so bowled over by Dunlap in the interview, that he offered him the position on the spot.
The new B-Cats bench boss has received praise for his teaching ability; something that will be an asset with all the young talent that Charlotte has on its roster. He is also expected to install an up-tempo offense; which will surely please point guard Kemba Walker as he heads into his second season in the Association.
Dunlap, has spent most of his career as an assistant in the NCAA, however he had a stint as an assistant with the Denver Nuggets and their head coach George Karl, raves about his ability. His only experience as a head coach was when he ran the program at Metropolitan State College, a Division II school in the Denver area. He would help his squad win two NCAA Championships in their division, during his tenure. He also spent three years “Down Under,” as he was the head coach for three seasons for Australian team the Adelaide 36ers.