I've been a lurker for a little while on this forum, but simply had to post about this. It's absurd he was fired. He more than doubled the winning percentage from last year. Kemba, Bismack, MKG, Gerald, and yes even Byron have all improved a ton since the beginning of the season until now. Not to mention the team finished strong. He was brought in for player development and that's exactly what he was doing. I thought minimum 2 years and likely 3. Then if it wasn't working out after those years, that's when you look for a coach that can take us over the top to the playoffs. This is absurd MJ. Look at the roster. No coach could have won more than 25 or 30 games with it, Dunlap did a hell of a job to win 21.
The more I think about this, the more I believe there HAS to be a guy that has already agreed to come here. I don't know who it could be (I highly doubt it's Phil) but firing Dunlap without having another plan in place would make this mind-numbingly dumb. Because then you're talking about going through that horrendous interview process all over again, except this time the coaches know that if they don't produce big time their first year with a bad roster, they could be shown the door. Who would want to come here under those circumstances?
Watch it be Doug Collins...God help us.
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I agree in general with you guys but I do see a possible reason...
While Dunlap has been great with young player development, he has struggled with the veterans in general.
We have a lot of cap room available this off season...is this in an attempt to be more attractive to prospective veteran free agents?
Again, I like Dunlap just fine and think he was actually a very good hire for the past year but he has never been any more than a stopgap type hire.
Was this the time to change? Who knows...but it was going to happen eventually either way.
If they bring in a long term solution, then I am completely ok with the change. If they go with another unproven, young player development type coach, then I don't get it.
In Cho I Trust!
I'll reserve judgment until I know more about what is or isn't already planned/in the works. All I'll say right now is that this is a very curious move.
obviously MJ is going to convince Phil to come to Charlotte....
but on the serious side, not something I was expecting really.
If firing a guy after 1 season, when he tripled the win total from the previous season with basically the same God-awful roster, doesn't make a coaching job desirable, what will?
Just think, 6 coaches in 10 years.
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I'm with you guys....did not see this coming, and don't understand it. There really must have been a clash of philosophies at the end of season interview Higgins and Cho had with Dunlap. Cho really seemed to like him, and a lot of us said this was a Cho hire initially. Sorenson mentioned arrogance in his article after the last game. Maybe that was a big part of the reason here.