Bobcats hire former Nuggets assistant Mike Dunlap for head coaching position

In what most consider to be a very surprising hire, the Charlotte Bobcats have decided to name Mike Dunlap as head coach after an extensive search that concluded Monday.

Dunlap was an assistant this past year at St. John’s University where he held the head coaching position for a majority of the season while Steve Lavin recovered from surgery due to pancreatic cancer.

Prior to arriving at St. John’s, Dunlap held assistant duties at Arizona and Oregon. He was a head coach at Metropolitan State College of Denver from 1997-2006 where he led the Roadrunners to three national championship appearances, winning two NCAA Division II titles in the process. He also won NCAA Division II Coach of the Year while with the Roadrunners and was inducted into the Metropolitan State College of Denver Hall of Fame in 2011.

Dunlap was an assistant under George Karl with the Nuggets from 2006-08. There is speculation that another former Nuggets assistant, Tim Grgurich, could be joining him in Charlotte, again as an assistant. He is considered to be one of the brightest minds in all of basketball and a specialist of Xs and Os.


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Kalen Deremo

Kalen was born in Durango, CO, in 1988 and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013 with a degree in journalism. He's now an itinerant hoping to travel as much as possible before eventually succumbing to the "real world." Aside from writing Kalen likes movies, music, spicy food and the great outdoors. Edward Abbey is his current idol.

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  • Manimal

    Cool story bro

  • GK4Prez

    I like the hire because he was an off the radar choice.

  • steve

    just a surprising hire that i didnt know much about. Shaw seemed like a perfect fit there. he keeps getting the shaft.

    • Andrew

      Shaw must not interview very well.

  • erichv96

    Great…now we get to see another ex Nuggets assistant coach out do our current coach (ala Scott Brooks).

  • Peter

    How much longer is George Karl’s deal for? With him getting up there in age I wonder if he will want to stick around if we don’t add some pieces to become a serious contender.

    • Kalen

      Karl has this upcoming year, the year after that, then three more options years. He could be in Denver for up to five more years on his current deal, or only two if the Nuggets decline to pick up his option.

  • Andrew

    Why doesn’t San Antonio assistant coach Mike Budenholzer? That is who I would hire. Popovich is the best coach in the NBA to my mind, and I have read that Budenholzer is a big reason why San Antonio has been so good. I wish Masai and Lil Kroenk would hire him.

    I may be naive and/or misinformed about this, though. Can anyone else out there who follows this a lot closer than I do tell me what is up with this?

    • Kalen

      He was on my list of coaches I compiled when the season was going down the crapper in February/March. I’m not sure what the deal is with guys like him who just never get the shot to be a head coach. I’ve heard nothing but positive things about him. Plus he’s stayed with the Spurs for close to 20 years. They don’t breed many nitwits around those parts.

  • Chris

    I agree with Andrew about Budenholzer.

    Does anyone see a chance of us drafting Fab Melo?

    • Kalen

      Not really. With McGee and two other serviceable bigs, it’s hard to imagine reaching on someone like him when there will be other players with much more potential at that point.

    • GK4Prez

      He must be loyal in the way that Phil Johnson was to Jerry Sloan.