HoopsHype Mike Dunlap rumors

March 13, 2014 Updates

Loyola Marymount on Wednesday named Mike Dunlap as its new basketball coach, one day after the school announced Max Good's contract would not be renewed after his six-year record of 77-117. Dunlap, an LMU graduate, becomes the program's 26th men's coach. He is a seasoned, respected basketball mind with more than 30 years experience on the amateur and professional levels. Loyola Marymount finished 13-19 this year and 4-14 in West Coast Conference play. "I love the challenge of coming to LMU, and love the fact I am going back home," Dunlap said in a statement. "I am really comfortable with the Southern California and Northern California student-athlete that is going to end up at LMU, and I think this is a great fit." Los Angeles Times

November 2, 2013 Updates

The biggest thing Michael Jordan has learned as owner of the Charlotte Bobcats? Admit and rectify mistakes quickly. For example, replacing Mike Dunlap one season into his tenure as coach. “I actually liked Mike, I absolutely did. I said it last year when we first hired him that I could have played for him. But that doesn’t translate to today’s kids,” Jordan told the Observer Friday. “The difference between Steve (Clifford) and Mike is the kids are understanding and articulating what (Clifford is) saying.” Charlotte Observer

November 1, 2013 Updates

Jordan says the biggest thing he’s learned as an owner is to be quicker to admit and correct mistakes. He mentioned the one-season tenure of Mike Dunlap as coach as an example. “I liked Mike, I absolutely did. I said I could have played for him. But that’s not today’s kid. The difference between Steve (Clifford) and Mike is the kids articulate what (Clifford) is saying.” Charlotte Observer

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It will be a NBA-taste weekend, the last one of June in Pesaro: Lawrence Frank, former head coach of Detroit Pistons, will join the International Coaches Clinic “Giovanni Papini”, along with Mike Dunlap, former head coach of Charlotte Bobcats, Holger Geschwinder, personal coach and mentor of Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki, and European fame National Croatian Team head coach Jasmin Repesa, Cimberio Varese's Frank Vitucci and Banco di Sardegna Sassari's Romeo Sacchetti. Once again the Clinic, organized by the Italian Basketball Federation and Giorgio Gandolfi – Sport Marketing, Events and Communication, will be the number one in Europe for the presence of these great lecturers, becoming more and more international, with the registration of coaches from Greece, Israel, Latvia, Slovenia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and China. TalkBasket

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Karl said that being fired in a situation like this is mostly a disappointment but also somewhat of a relief. “About 80 percent of Mike Dunlap is sad and despondent because he wants to continue coaching in the league,’’ Karl said. “There will be a piece of him that is relieved. In general, we get paid a lot of money to do a very difficult job. Sometimes it’s not an appropriate or thankful job.’’ Charlotte Observer

A source close to the team told me that in the team's annual season-ending exit interviews that Dunlap received a number of negative evaluations from current Bobcat players – not only for those occasional long practices but for his general demeanor. Dunlap was a demanding guy who tended toward the negative. He was smart with Xs and Os and didn’t mind letting you know that, but he was also snappish and hard to relate to. He was, simply, a boss who many of the players didn't like. Has that style worked for some other basketball coaches? Sure. You could name dozens who weren't warm and cuddly but still won a lot and kept their jobs – although most of them on the list would be college coaches, a place where Dunlap’s personality more naturally fits. Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that the team has relieved Mike Dunlap of his duties as head coach. The search for his successor will begin immediately. “Rich Cho and I conducted our season-ending review and met with Coach Dunlap to reflect on this season. As an organization, it was decided that we needed to make a change with the head coach position,” Higgins said. “We want to thank Mike for his contribution and wish him the best in his future endeavors.” NBA.com

Players were asked in their exit interviews last week for a review of Dunlap’s coaching style. It’s unclear how much that factored in the decision to let him go. In a post-season interview with the Observer Friday, Dunlap said he had evolved as a coach this season. He noted that he had backed off on managing every aspect of games from the sideline and had shortened practices. “Whether it’s Kemba Walker or Brendan Haywood, they appreciate what you don’t say when the game is being played,’’ Dunlap said. “In college you can literally yell across the floor and direct traffic with a player and it’s perfectly acceptable. Here the pro player can’t stand that.’’ Charlotte Observer

B.J. Evans: Breaking @bobcats News: Mike Dunlap will not return as head coach. Team posted a 21-61 record this season. Twitter

April 19, 2013 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Charlotte isn't rushing to make a decision on coach Mike Dunlap's future. Letting exit interviews and coaching market unfold for now. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

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