Mike Dunlap On Becoming New Head Coach For The Bobcats
Mac Attack 6/21/12: Newly named head coach for the Charlotte Bobcats Mike Dunlap stops by and talks with the guys more about his experience and about himself.
Dunlap has a mountain at his feet, but that isn’t stopping him and it doesn’t seem to be disheartening him at all. He told us just how he’s looking at this job, and he knows just what kind of coach he’s going to have to be.
“I think it’s difficult if you look at last year and its scope if you’re just targeted on that. But I think what you’ve got to recognize is that a tough situation is there to be made better and how you can do that and you’ve got to be process driven and you’ve got to be relentless in your pursuit of optimism…You’ve got to be a guy who can take a good whooping and the next day have big energy, be articulate and also validate some of the frustration and understand how to do that.”
Even though Dunlap has been coaching for thirty years, he didn’t secure a division 1 head coaching job until taking over for Lavin at St. John’s last season. Several people have debated the question of whether Dunlap is ready to coach at the NBA level with his meager experience in the upper echelons of basketball. Dunlap reminded listeners of his experience at the professional level and highlighted personal contentment as his reason for not pursuing more prestigious positions.
“First off, I was a head coach for 17 years at places where I won a lot and I was just happy as a lark and I didn’t really feel compelled just because others thought I should continue to ascend to leave that happiness…and then the other thing people forget is that I was a professional coach where they had a stadium of 9,800 in Adelaide, Australia in the national basketball league and thrived there—every night sell outs, the whole deal.”
Dunlap reminded us that he’s a good time kind of guy too, explaining that he felt no reason to be in a job that wouldn’t be fulfilling to him.
“I see a lot of guys that are miserable in the business. Even though they’re ascending, they’re just miserable souls and I’ve never been miserable. I’ve always had a good time and a cold beer.”
Ultimately, Dunlap assured us that he’s ready for this Charlotte job and excited about the challenges it presents. He may be just what the Bobcats need.
“It’s the kind of job you better be enthusiastic and after it and celebrate. It’s a cause for celebration and you get to work and you go to the next thing.”