Well, that didn't last long.
According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, the Charlotte Bobcats have elected to part ways with head coach Mike Dunlap after he spent just one season at the helm. The Charlotte organization also confirmed the news with a statement released on NBA.com.
Mike Dunlap has been fired as Bobcats coach.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) April 23, 2013
Blaming yet another atrocious Bobcats finish solely on Dunlap isn't possible. He inherited a mess and left it arguably better off than how he found it (though that's not saying much).
After beginning the season 7-5, Dunlap finished the year with a 21-61, winning three times as many games as the Bobcats did during the lockout-truncated campaign. The team also closed out the year on a three-game win streak.
With Dunlap gone, Charlotte is now the latest team to have a coaching vacancy; an opening that will be extremely difficult to fill.
For a bottom-feeder like the Bobcats, marquee names like Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan and Stan Van Gundy are pipe dreams. Even premiere assistants like Mike Budenholzer would seem out of reach.
Who among the available candidates could prove attainable, and which of them are the best fits?
There is a long list of sideline-meandering talent on the open market, but Michael Jordan will be limited to a select few.
*All stats for this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference unless otherwise noted.