When Mike Dunlap was hired as the head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats last year, the first reaction from everybody, including basketball experts, “Who?” Now, many of those same experts are wondering if he’ll be fired at the end of the year.
Since starting out 7-5, with nearly all of their wins coming against teams playing without their best players, the Bobcats have gone 6-41 and are without question the worst team in the NBA for the second straight year, and it’s not even close.
Just look at Charlotte’s current six-game losing streak, which culminated with a 36-point loss Sunday night to an awful and influx Sacramento team. But more so, they have lost their last five games by an average of 26.4 points per game.
The season also includes an 18-game losing streak and one of team’s key players, Ben Gordon, deciding he wasn’t going to listen to Dunlap during a practice and showed the coach up.
And unlike last season, which produced the worst winning percentage in NBA history, fans and team officials can’t point to injuries as an excuse as for the reason why the team is so bad.
All of these things have people wondering if Dunlap will be asked to return for a second season. And it’s not unreasonable to ask that question. He came to the NBA with very little NBA experience and he can be rigid and as demanding as most college coaches are, and that doesn’t play well with million-dollar players.
My guess is he will get at least one more season to prove his worth, but if the season keeps going the way as it is now, 20-point loss after 20-point loss, then there is certainly no guarantee he will return.