It was an eventful week to say the least in the Queen City, as the Charlotte Bobcats tossed their hat back into the coaching carousel.
Tuesday, the team fired Mike Dunlap after one season as the head coach. Dunlap went 21-61 in his first season in Charlotte, but received negative reviews from Bobcats players in exit interviews. It’s not surprising, considering Dunlap’s relationship with the players on the team.
Dunlap’s firing will guarantee a sixth head coach in the ten season history of the franchise. The Bobcats job is said to look more attractive than it has in recent seasons, due to the teams future assets and cap space. Â We gave our view onÂ some candidates the Bobcats should consider.
21% of our readers believe Nate McMillan would be the best candidate for the job. 19% favored Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, if the Grizzlies let him go, while 14% want to see the Bobcats make a run at the legendary Jerry Sloan.
One coach expected to get consideration for the vacancy is former Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry. Gentry, a Shelby native, believes the Bobcats are just a year or so away from making a big change. 42% of readers said they were indifferent to Gentry becoming the team’s next head coach, while 39% said they would endorse his hire. 72% of you said the Bobcats could make the playoffs with Gentry in charge.
Perhaps the biggest rumor of the week involved the Bobcats potentially making a run at Phil Jackson. Jackson, who’s retired from coaching, wants to return to the NBA in a front office or ownership role with a team. He would reunite with Bobcats Chairman Michael Jordan to head the team’s rebuilding project. A resounding 90% of you said Jackson would be a great addition to the Bobcats front office.
It’s believe there’s no timetable in the Bobcats head coach search. Regardless, the team should be facing a lot of pressure to make sure the next hire is a grand slam. The Bobcats can’t afford to have another temporary head coach, and many are pining to see someone who can leave their imprint on the franchise for years to come.
While news of the next head coach dominated headlines in Charlotte, we were still able to give our season-in-review of Ben Gordon. We also wondered whether Kemba Walker was given the shaft in voting for the league’s Most Improved Player. Walker did not finish in the Top-10 in voting for Most Improved, despite a complete 180 compared to his rookie campaign.
With more rumors of the Bobcats coaching search sure to come out over the next few weeks, the offseason looks to be an eventful one for the Bobcats.