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....
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.