Bobcats fire Dunlap as coach
Mike Dunlap was fired as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday after turning around the NBA club following the worst season in league history.
Dunlap, whose 33 years in coaching include three years with Australia's Adelaide 36ers, was named coach of the Bobcats last June, replacing Paul Silas after Charlotte went 7-59, the worst winning percentage in NBA history.
Under Dunlap this past season -- a full season rather than one shortened by an owner-player money dispute -- the Bobcats went 21-61 and edged Orlando by one game to avoid the worst record in the NBA this season.
That was not enough, however, for Dunlap to keep his job, Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said after a meeting with team general manager Rich Cho.
"Rich Cho and I conducted our season-ending review and met with coach Dunlap to reflect on this season," Higgins said. "As an organisation, it was decided that we needed to make a change with the head coach position."
The search for a new coach has already started for the Bobcats, who are owned by retired NBA legend Michael Jordan. The team was founded in 2004 and has already gone through five coaches with its only playoff appearance in 2010.
Dunlap's only prior NBA experience was in 2006-2008 as an assistant coach to George Karl with the Denver Nuggets.
Dunlap spent most of his career with US college teams but from 1994 until 1997 he guided the Australian National Basketball League's Adelaide 36ers to a 59-33 record and three NBL Final Four trips, including the 1995 Grand Final.