HoopsHype Mike Dunlap rumors

June 22, 2012 Updates

Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson looked like he’d just taken a shower. Nope, this was all sweat, courtesy of Charlotte Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap’s full-court 3-on-3 drill. “You’re supposed to get tired. That’s the whole point of the workout,’’ Robinson said. “To see if we can play when we’re tired. I think I handled it pretty well.’’ Charlotte Observer

June 21, 2012 Updates

Mike Dunlap: “They just asked if I’d like to interview and I said, ‘Absolutely.’ I said the absolutely part real quick and got down here and interviewed. … It went all right, I guess, because I got a second one.” Sports Radio Interviews

June 20, 2012 Updates

"Mike Dunlap embodies the characteristics we were seeking in a head coach," Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said. "He is renowned in basketball circles as a teacher, developer of talent, communicator and collaborator. His energy and work ethic are endless, and we are excited to have him in charge of our team." Sun Herald

Dunlap spent part of this past season filling in as St. John’s head coach when Steve Lavin underwent treatment for prostate cancer. Harkless said Dunlap handled the duty seamlessly. “He’s one of the best basketball minds I know,” Harkless said. “He really knows the game well, and he’s really smart and really intense.” Oregonian

He may not be a name, but he does have a reputation, and that ultimately may be why Bobcats owner Michael Jordan picked him. Jordan is a North Carolina guy and so is Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, under whom Dunlap was an assistant coach for two seasons. Sources told the Daily News that Karl was a strong supporter of Dunlap’s candidacy. Another big endorsement, the sources said, came from former college coach George Raveling. Raveling is tight with Jordan through their Nike connections and had Dunlap as an assistant coach at both Iowa and Southern California. New York Daily News

Tuesday, Karl scoffed at the idea that Dunlap might not be ready to be an NBA head coach. "If you know Mike, he has a head coach mentality," Karl said. "He was a head coach for 10 years or longer and went to be an assistant. I don't think it'll be hard for him to get back to being a head coach, because his strength is his belief in himself. He thinks the game as a head coach. And this guy has coached in championship games in Australia and in Division II. He has a head coach mind. "I'm glad someone recognized his brilliance. In a strange way, it's kind of a unique hire, but the karma says it can work. And that's really exciting for Mike. He'll do everything they want him to do. He'll take the bullets, he'll take the losses and I think he'll build a good foundation and culture. It reminds me a little of what they did here in Denver with Jeff Bzdelik (Karl's predecessor). They brought him in, they knew Denver Post

June 19, 2012 Updates
June 18, 2012 Updates

St. John’s assistant Mike Dunlap is the next Charlotte Bobcats coach, the Observer has learned. Dunlap, 54, is a former Denver Nuggets assistant who was acting head coach this season at St. John’s while Steve Lavin was recovering from prostate cancer surgery. Charlotte Observer

A source familiar with the process said Dunlap was offered the job Monday night, after interviewing in Charlotte with owner Michael Jordan, vice chairman Curtis Polk, president of basketball operations Rod Higgins and general manager Rich Cho. He has accepted. Charlotte Observer

The Observer’s source, who asked for anonymity because Dunlap’s hire isn’t official, said Dunlap impressed the front office with his high energy and collaborative approach. Also, he wants to run an up-tempo offense and attacking defense that figures to fit some of the Bobcats’ younger personnel. Charlotte Observer

Marc J. Spears: Bobcats hire St. John's assistant coach Mike Dunlap, source said. Dunlap was respected asst coach for Nuggets. Charlotte Observe broke story Twitter

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