Years ago

Mike Dunlap with the Bobcats so far

After 10 games under Mike Dunlap, the Bobcats have a 6-4 record. Last season, they were 7-59 and the worst in the NBA. It took them 40 games then to win their sixth.

This season the Bobcats continue to find ways to win close games, running their record to 5-0 in games decided by four points or fewer.

As they've done all season, the Bobcats did it with defense.
Have they had an easy run? Has Dunlap got them performing better than expected?

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Years ago

Dunlap has done a great job with them. This is not the same Bobcats team as last year as they have picked up a few handy players as well as a really good draft pick. They have had a relatively easy run but still you can tell they have improved heaps as a team.

Unfortunately Washington without Wall will be the new Bobcats

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Years ago

They are 1000% better than last season. They don't have the ridiculous lapses in concentration and breakdowns in offensive play (Washington Wizards style). Kemba Walker is running them very well. He makes good decisions on shots, passes and pace. Byron Mullens is another big reason. The guy is growing up very quickly and will be a bigtime scorer in the league in a season or two. He has range and good touch inside. They have great interior D, intimidation factor is huge with Biyombo in there. Ben Gordon has chipped in - that's a nice signing. Kidd-Gilchrist seems to do a lot of things well, he will be a great player. Sessions is playing out of his skin as well. Probably the best backup PG in the league. They are also doing an okay job defending the three as well. Gerald Henderson is injured as well, and he's a pretty decent scorer, so they aren't going too badly at all.

Their schedule has been fair - not easy, not overly hard.

Bottom line, they are a lot more controlled. Whether it's Dunlap, Walker's maturity or a combination of both is up for discussion.

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Years ago

When you are the worst team in the comp I wouldn't think any draw is "easy". Sure some draws at this stage would be easier than others, but the fact that he has almost matched last seasons wins already, no matter what the draw is means they are on the right track.

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Results don't lie. Have to give it up to Dunlap!

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Mike Dunlap would have to be in the discussion for COY if the Bobcats can continue playing like they have, not only are the winning games, but they have yet to be blown out, every game they're in is close and competitive.

And to think that some of the players complained that he was a taskmaster and working them too hard at training camp.

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Dunlap has always been a good coach. He took an under performing 36ers, added Robert Rose to the mix and took us to the 1994 GF and the `95 and `96 semi finals before his forced return to the US when his dad passed away (understandably he chose to stay home after his dad's funeral to be closer to his family rather than return to Adelaide). Now in his first NBA gig he's almost matched the Bobcats win record for the entire 2011-12 season in just 10 games of the 2012-13 season.

I know Brett Brown is an assistant with the Spurs but would I be right in thinking that Mike Dunlap is the first person to have been a head coach in both the NBL and the NBA?

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He's getting it done. 7-5 record at the moment is seriously good for the personnel he has available. Showing the value of good coaching.

I happened across a few DVDs he made (although I downloaded them from iTunes) about his philosophies on coaching. Very interesting - you can see that he is a thoughtful guy, monotonous but extremely thoughtful and reflective.

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