The Charlotte Bobcats have hired St. John’s interim head coach/assistant Mike Dunlap to be the new head coach. He’s a perfect fit with an organization that needs to start from the bottom of the barrel and make their way back up.
Now he has one of the toughest tasks in the league, getting the 7-59 Bobcats back on track and developing their talented but inexperienced and struggling players.
Fortunately, that is what Dunlap excels at.
Bobcats GM Rich Cho told ESPN’s Andy Katz that the reason they hired the Johnnies assistant was that “a strong emphasis in player development was extremely high on our priority list.”
Considering that the Bobcats have lottery picks D.J. Augustin, Bismack Biyombo, Gerald Henderson, Tyrus Thomas and Kemba Walker all on the roster and under the age of 25, plus the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft, the organization was wise to choose a new coach that has had success working with younger players.
Those players have barely scratched the surface of their potential and need someone who is willing to work with them and be patient, rather than throw them to the wolves in the hopes of winning a few games and keeping their job.
Dunlap isn’t going to have the Bobcats contending for a title anytime soon, but he’s got a lot to work with, and they could be playing in the postseason quicker than many realize.
It’s just going to take time and patience, which is exactly what Dunlap will give these young men.