*(Via Charlotte Observer) – St. John’s assistant Mike Dunlap is the next Charlotte Bobcats coach, the Observer has learned.
Dunlap, 54, is a former Denver Nuggets assistant who was acting head coach this season at St. John’s while Steve Lavin was recovering from prostate cancer surgery.
A source familiar with the process said Dunlap was offered the job Monday night, after interviewing in Charlotte with owner Michael Jordan, vice chairman Curtis Polk, president of basketball operations Rod Higgins and general manager Rich Cho. He has accepted.
Dunlap was one of 10 candidates interviewed – including Brian Shaw and Quin Snyder – since the Bobcats opened the search May 8, but the only one offered the job, the source confirmed.
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Dunlap will replace Paul Silas, who was not given a new contract following the season.
So who is Dunlap and why was he hired as fifth coach in the Bobcats’ nine-year existence?
The Observer’s source, who asked for anonymity because Dunlap’s hire isn’t official, said Dunlap impressed the front office with his high energy and collaborative approach. Also, he wants to run an up-tempo offense and attacking defense that figures to fit some of the Bobcats’ younger personnel.