One season was all it took for the Charlotte Bobcats to fire yet another head coach.
The Bobcats announced Tuesday that after just one year on the job, head coach Mike Dunlap will be relieved of his duties and fired from the team, according to several league sources.
The search for his successor will begin immediately.
“Rich Cho and I conducted our season-ending review and met with Coach Dunlap to reflect on this season. As an organization, it was decided that we needed to make a change with the head coach position,” president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said in a release. “We want to thank Mike for his contribution and wish him the best in his future endeavors.” (CBS Sports)
Charlotte finished the season with a record of 21-61, which was the second-worst record in the NBA (Orlando Magic were 20-62). The team hasn’t qualified for the playoffs since 2009-10.
What began as such a promising season (7-5 start), wound up being the third-worst year in franchise history. Remember, it was just last season in which Charlotte finished with the worst winning percentage of all-time (7-59, .106)
With Dunlap’s firing, the Bobcats will be hiring their sixth coach in ten years. Bernie Bickerstaff remains the only Charlotte Bobcats head coach to have stuck around for more than 200 games.