I hate to say I told you so, but I knew this was coming. Mike Dunlap is no longer the coach of the Charlotte Bobcats.
In a statement, Rod Higgins said:
“Rich Cho and I conducted our season-ending review and met with Coach Dunlap to reflect on this season. As an organization, it was decided that we needed to make a change with the head coach position,” Higgins said. “We want to thank Mike for his contribution and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
The Bobcats say the search for a successor will begin immediately.
We’ll have more on that part of this story as the day (and week) draws on, but for now, we feel confident saying: Phil Jackson is not going to coach this team. Don’t even bring it up.
Dunlap took over the worst team in NBA history, and under him, the Bobcats became three-times better in just one season (based on record). Still, like I wrote in the story I linked to at the top, Mike Dunlap was never the longterm answer to Charlotte’s problems. He was a guy the Bobcats could justify firing after just one season.
Whoever the ‘Cats hire, he’ll have to be the longterm answer, though, or there might never be one.