Bobcats fire coach Mike Dunlap after 1 season

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 23, 2013
Mike Dunlap is one and done with the Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats said Tuesday they've fired Dunlap as coach after a single season. The Bobcats went 21-61 under Dunlap, finishing with the second-worst record in the NBA ahead of only the Orlando Magic. Charlotte won just seven games in the strike-shortened 2011-12 season, but tripling last year's victory total and a three-game winning streak to close the season weren't enough to save Dunlap's job. Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said a search for a replacement will begin immediately. ''(General manager) Rich Cho and I conducted our season-ending review and met with coach Dunlap to reflect on this season,'' Higgins said. ''As an organization, it was decided that we needed to make a change with the head coach position. ''We want to thank Mike for his contribution and wish him the best in his future endeavors.'' The move means the Bobcats will have a third head coach in as many seasons. Owner Michael Jordan is still looking for the right person for the job. Dunlap was hired last June after working as an assistant coach at St. John's, the first person to make a direct move from an assistant coach at the college level to a head coaching position in the NBA. Dunlap was hired as the fifth coach in team history, replacing Paul Silas, who was fired after the Bobcats went 7-59 in 2011-12, the worst winning percentage in NBA history (.106).
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