Dunlap Has Work To Do To Keep His Job
In the 2011-12 NBA season, the Charlotte Bobcats had the worst season in NBA history. The team lost 23 games in a row in its 7-59 season, and after Head Coach Paul Silas was fired, there weren’t exactly a lot of suitors knocking down the door to try to take this team over. Owner Michael Jordan had to more or less go off the grid and hire an assistant coach from St. John’s, Mike Dunlap to be his next coach.
Unfortunately, Dunlap still really doesn’t have this team playing well, knowing that Charlotte remains the worst team in the NBA at just 12-40. However, the Bobcats are only being outscored by 8.9 points per game this year, and at least they are staying remotely competitive against some great teams.
But will Dunlap really be able to keep this job with the Cats? The team has a lot of rebuilding to do, and it is going to start with the trade of Ben Gordon, who almost certainly is going to be moved by the trade deadline, probably not for nearly as much as he would have been with had he not gotten into a spat with Dunlap last week.
The team really doesn’t have all that much in the way of superstars, and outside of Kemba Walker, there isn’t much to build around. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist really hasn’t panned out as a Top 5 pick, and the squad isn’t getting the same type of production out of Gerald Henderson.
Most teams in the Association are just one superstar away from becoming relevant again. However, without a single playoff win in franchise history, and seemingly dysfunctional ownership that really has never hit on a big draft pick, there’s are few that would make their NBA predictions that the losing in Charlotte is going to stop any time soon.
That means that Dunlap, for as well as he has done to already almost double his team’s win total from a year ago, is probably on the way out the door within two years.