It's not a knock on Mike Dunlap that he's been named coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. It says plenty about the franchise that he's joined.
After finishing with the worst winning percentage in NBA history last year, the Bobcats need players more than they need a big-name coach. A longtime college coach, Dunlap was also once George Karl's assistant in Denver. Hiring a guy who is making the jump from associate head coach at St. John's to the NBA is almost certainly a cost-effective decision for Charlotte.
But Bobcats owner Michael Jordan picked Dunlap over respected candidates Jerry Sloan and Nate McMillan. It's yet another unconventional decision added to the dubious legacy that the league's greatest player has amassed since moving from the court to the front office. Remember when he hired Leonard Hamilton to coach the Wizards?
Jordan can always get another coach. But building a roster is much harder, and he can't afford to take a similar chance with the No. 2 pick on June 28.
- Craig Stouffer