Brian Winters and Dan Leibovitz are under strong consideration to fill out Mike
Dunlap’s coaching staff with the Charlotte Bobcats, the Observer has learned.
Winters, 60, would serve as a veteran presence on the bench with Dunlap, who has not previously been a head coach at the NBA or Division I college level.
A former star at South Carolina, Winters coached the Vancouver Grizzlies for most of their first two seasons (1995-97) and was also a head coach in the WNBA with the Indiana Fever. He was a longtime NBA assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors following a nine-season NBA career that included two All-Star appearances.
Although Dunlap isn't expected to name a lead assistant, Winters' NBA experience figures to be valuable, considering Dunlap spent only two seasons on an NBA bench with the Denver Nuggets.
Winters has local ties, as his son Brendan played for Davidson. Brendan Winters was Southern Conference player of the year in 2005, scoring a career-high 33 points against Chattanooga to secure an NCAA berth in the Southern Conference tournament. Brian Winters and Davidson coach Bob McKillop grew up together on Long Island.
Leibovitz is a college coach with ties to Dunlap. A former player at Pennsylvania and Franklin & Marshall, he’s been an assistant at Temple and Penn, and served as Hartford’s head coach from 2006 through 2010. He was top assistant to John Chaney at Temple and served as acting head coach when Chaney served a five-game suspension in 2006.
Winters and Leibovitz would join Rick Brunson and Stephen Silas on Dunlap’s first
staff. A highly successful Division II coach, Dunlap spent the last few seasons as an assistant with the Nuggets and Arizona, Oregon and St. John’s.
Brian Winters and Dan Leibovitz to likely fill out Dunlap's Staff
4 replies to this topic
Posted 18 August 2012 - 04:40 PM
Posted 26 August 2012 - 06:16 PM
I wouldn't pass judgement before seeing all these guys in action. Most people (including myself) hated the Dunlap hire when it was made, let's not make the same mistake again by bashing coaches that we haven't even seen perform yet.