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[quote name='King Taharqa' timestamp='1366742507' post='2204396']
The team is saying they want to attract VETERAN FA's and keeping Dunlap around would've prevented that. To justify this move they need to get a credible coach who has experience in the NBA. [b]Nate McMillan[/b] is a name I threw out there last year. He's worth a call.
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Id be down with that.

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[quote name='Thelt' timestamp='1366742205' post='2204384']
I do not like this move. He was brought in to develop the young players, not to win a lot of games right away. He accomplished that task as Kemba and Henderson had great years and Bismack showed some progress. It will be hard to bring in a new guy and tell him he has time to build a winner when they told that to Dunlap then fired him after one season. The new coach will probably be a Jordan crony....
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Yeah I can see why some Bobcats fans are a little upset - Dunlap appears to be a good coach but like I said man he just isn't a pro coach. You're dealing with grown men, adults, and most importantly a lot of money is involved with the pro clubs.

However, it felt like a "reach" when they hired him last summer but TBQH - I don't know if it was in hindsight. With Brian Shaw going on record that he turned the job down, there wasn't much left to pick from:

1. A washed up, disgraced college coach (Quinn Snider)
2. An 80 year old man (Sloan)
3. An unproven assistant coach who happens to be one of the best centers in NBA history (Ewing)
4. A life time assistant coach who is known as a great teacher to young college kids and would also be cheap. He also got the ringing endorsement from a head coach with ties to UNC in George Karl. (Dunlap)

I read somewhere else that Jacque Vaughn was also a candidate. That probably would have been a mistake, too.

EDIT - Forgot to mention this about Ewing, but we've seen this with coaches, especially in the NBA and NFL....but the great players rarely make great head coaches.

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Means that they broke down to the fans bitching about not winning and aren't following Cho's draft method for getting better through the draft. The Bobcats are going to go after a couple of big time free agents and try for the playoff's this season.

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I do NOT want McMillan. I think that he's a solid coach, but not a big upgrade over Dunlap. He's never really accomplished a lot, granted he's never had completely healthy rosters either. The main reason why I don't want him is because he doesn't fit our style of play. His whole coaching philosophy is "slow it down and play defense". It's seriously the most boring basketball to watch and would kill a PG like Kemba, who needs to play in a fast offense to be fully utilized. It also wouldn't help MKG either. Hiring McMillan would be like going back to Larry Brown (style wise), and while that isn't necessarily a bad thing -- it doesn't fit our current group of key players.

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Sidenote: I wonder if our roster is interesting enough for Brian Shaw to consider coaching in Charlotte? It sure looks a helluva lot better than it did last season. Kemba is now a rising star, Hendo has proven that he can be a good scoring option, MKG is a rising star, Biz has improved, and overall our outlook definitely IS better than last season. Not to mention all of the cap room that we have, he'd be able to offer input on players that he'd like to bring into Charlotte -- so that's got to be a bit enticing (picking his own high quality free agents).

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They should call Phil Jackson. I'm sure a HC of his magnitude would love to accept a challenge like the bobcats!
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[quote name='chknwing' timestamp='1366742558' post='2204398']
I think the Ben Gordon situation sealed his fate. Also Mike Dunlap did not have a clue on what a rotation was. I swear every game it was like inny minny miny mo on who was starting.
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The 10 choke jobs they pulled this year is what sealed his fate. Didn't they blow a big double digit lead a couple times this year?

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Just found this in the ESPN article:

[quote][color=#333333][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=3]Defensively, the Bobcats allowed 102.6 points per game, the second-most in the league, and they were the NBA's worst shooting team at 42.5 percent.[/size][/font][/color][/quote]

This doesn't exactly speak well for Dunlap's "coaching abilities."

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[quote name='MrTouchdown' timestamp='1366743457' post='2204424']
The 10 choke jobs they pulled this year is what sealed his fate. Didn't they blow a big double digit lead a couple times this year?
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Felt like they lost games in the 4th all the damn time.

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Why hire the guy in the first place? Getting sick of these new HC every single season. MJ and Cho better do their fuggn homework in finding the next HC!

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I am not saying that Dunlap was a good coach but I do think he did a good job of developing our younger players. The idea I got going into this past season was that wins and losses were not as important as developing our talent and building a team that can compete in the long term. With this firing it feels like that all just went out the window and we are going to go back to a win now mentality. If that was the goal we should have kept the team with Wallace and Jackson together a few more years.

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Not surprised that he's gone. But now that he has they have to get he next hire right, because we need more than another stop gap head coach, we need a guy that can develop the players and help push them on to become a lot more competitive.

I wonder how quick they'll make an appointment.

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