St. John’s released a statement Tuesday morning which says assistant coach Mike Dunlap has accepted a job to become the Charlotte Bobcats coach.
Dunlap was not one of the three finalists for the position, but Jerry Sloan took himself out of the running, Brian Shaw apparently wants to coach in Portland or Orlando, and no one likes Quin Snyder except for Kobe Bryant.
So now the obvious question is: Who the hell is Mike Dunlap?
ESPN says Dunlap “favor(s) an up-tempo style of play” and “is known as a teacher of the game amid his peers in college and in the NBA.”
Dunlap’s bio on St. Johns’ website says he “has built a reputation as one of professional and college basketball’s leading strategists and on-court instructors.”
He’s 53, he has spent time at almost every level of competitive basketball and apparently Michael Jordan liked him enough after a second interview Monday to give offer him the job.
Having a guy like Dunlap lead this current Bobcats roster might be exactly what the team needs; He’s spent most of his career around college players and the style of play he favors will appeal to guys like Kemba Walker, Bismack Biyombo, and whichever young gun the Bobcats draft at #2.
Then again, having a guy like Dunlap coach this team might be a problem; I never heard of him before the Bobcats fired Paul Silas, and I almost forgot he was a candidate for the job before this morning.