The reason I would prefer the Bobcats to fire Dunlap at the end of the season is I want a coach for the future to be coaching a year before we should be competitive. By the time the 2014-15 we should have had the cap space and picks to make this team competitive. I would prefer our key guys to have a year in the system already to get familiar with it and know who fits well in the system.
I'm on the fence about this whole thing. Reasons for keeping him: 1) Hate to fire a guy after a yr when he was handed a bunch of kids in diapers. 2) it's not going to help league or player perception about management to have another 1 and done coach (this reason is bigger than it probably should be). 3) we have seen improvement in key guys like kemba, biz and mullens. 4) he's a rookie and is still learning too
Reasons for letting him go: 1) he's bugged me from day 1 with his comments in the press about how his team needs to learn the game. he's not inaccurate, but i've worried about him losing the team with his strenous practices and insulting comments. right or wrong, that can wear on professional players with massive egos. it appears that it is doing just that. that's tough to undo. 2) his rotations and playcalling have been beyond questionable, even for a rookie coach. 3) he's not showing any sign of getting better as a coach, in fact, he's going the other way 4) he can't seem to get them to play hard, huge blowouts happen but not this frequently for even bad teams.
I think most people are giving him a pass because he's a teacher and he's hard on them and that is what we all think the team needs. To use a phrase from yesteryear, "he does things the right way." We've already had an epically bad coach so the bar is even lower than it normally would be.
Higgins/Cho need to determine what key guys like Kemba and MKG honestly think of him. If they are supportive, give him another year. If not, he's gotta go.
pertinent quote from article that came out saturday
http://articles.latimes.com/2013/mar...n-nba-20130303As for Gordon's little defiance, Dunlap says he's not upset.
"In the scheme of things, those things happen to every NBA coach," Dunlap said. "It's a hiccup. Actually, it's been pretty calm considering we've had a culture of losing the past eight or nine seasons and an influx of youth. It's a slow road to improvement if you go the route of draft picks and trades unless you want to go over the salary cap.
"I'm a teacher and I think Michael Jordan appreciated that. That's how I interviewed. I told him quite frankly it could be three to five years for me to fix this. It's a challenging situation.
"But it was a challenging situation for me at St. John's last year. I don't back away from challenging situations."
Im new to the Bobcats and the NBA. Ive spent the last week watching games from the last 2 years. If some of you cant see improvement then go do the same. Might not be consistently good, but a bad game this year is hugely better than a bad game last year. To me, thats Dunlap doing his job
We may be bad this year, but I think people are forgetting just how historically horrible we were last year. WE ARE ACTUALLY IN GAMES SOMETIMES NOW, that basically never happened last year.
Welcome to the forum pizzy! If you think things are interesting now, wait until the off season when people actually have hope! lol. And as a new member you need to go to the hall of fame section and check out the fine ham biscuit thread. It's mandatory reading for newbies.