Charlotte Bobcats fire head coach Mike Dunlap NBA Twitter - | WBTV Charlotte

Charlotte Bobcats fire head coach after 21-61 season

Photo courtesy: Charlotte Bobcats Photo courtesy: Charlotte Bobcats
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The Charlotte Bobcats have announced that head coach Mike Dunlap will not be returning as the head coach for the Queen City's professional basketball team.

The Charlotte Bobcats announced on Twitter just after 1 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

"Mike Dunlap will not return as head coach," the team's Public Relations head BJ Evans tweeted. "Team posted a 21-61 record this season."

Fans reacted immediately.

"I think that's great" one man told WBTV. "I haven't seen any scoring lately so maybe they need somebody else."

But another fan disagreed.

"I don't think this was a good idea" he said. "He's {Dunlap} is a good guy. He knows his stuff. He knows what he's doing. I think they should have let him stand a little longer you know, to see how he reacts to more situations" the man told WBTV.

In a press release sent out after the tweet, Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced that Dunlap was relieved of his duties as head coach, saying 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," Higgins said.

"We want to thank Mike for his contribution and wish him the best in his future endeavors."

Dunlap, who was in his first season with the Bobcats, was hired as the fifth head coach in franchise history on June 20, 2012

The team shed the title of "Worst NBA team" by one game this season. In 2011-2012 season the Bobcats had the worst team record in NBA history.

Another fan says he believes the team set Dunlap up for failure.

"By not giving him enough time to shape the team and make the team how he wanted" the fan said.

Copyright 2013 WBTV. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Police searching for a missing 9-year-old boy

    Police searching for a missing 9-year-old boy

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 5:43 PM EDT2018-05-22 21:43:42 GMT
    (Source: WBTV/File)(Source: WBTV/File)

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is searching for a missing 9-year-old. Police say Antoine Taylor was last seen in the area of the 2700 block of South Boulevard. Taylor is described as a black male, approximately 50 pounds, 4' 5" tall with a low haircut. He was last seen wearing glasses, a navy collared shirt, khaki pants and gray new balance sneakers with a white stripe.  

    More >>

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is searching for a missing 9-year-old. Police say Antoine Taylor was last seen in the area of the 2700 block of South Boulevard. Taylor is described as a black male, approximately 50 pounds, 4' 5" tall with a low haircut. He was last seen wearing glasses, a navy collared shirt, khaki pants and gray new balance sneakers with a white stripe.  

    More >>
  • Search teams continue to look for drowning victim at Elk River Falls

    Search teams continue to look for drowning victim at Elk River Falls

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 5:34 PM EDT2018-05-22 21:34:29 GMT
    (Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)(Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)

    Rescue teams continue searching the rough waters below the Elk River Falls in Avery county for a man who slipped off a rock Sunday. The victim is from Ohio, said authorities, and had stopped by to see the falls after attending a wedding in Asheville. He has not been identified yet. Witnesses said he was sitting on a ledge that leaned into the water below the falls and slipped into the water.

    More >>

    Rescue teams continue searching the rough waters below the Elk River Falls in Avery county for a man who slipped off a rock Sunday. The victim is from Ohio, said authorities, and had stopped by to see the falls after attending a wedding in Asheville. He has not been identified yet.

    More >>
  • Officials: Suspect 'tired of that drug house' fires shots outside of home

    Officials: Suspect 'tired of that drug house' fires shots outside of home

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 5:27 PM EDT2018-05-22 21:27:34 GMT
    Matthews Police DepartmentMatthews Police Department

    Matthews police are searching for a man accused of firing shots outside of a home Monday night. Officials say the shots were fired around 8:10 p.m. in the 800 block of E. Charles Street. Upon arrival officers spoke with people inside the home who said they observed a male holding a shotgun in the driveway threatening to kill to individuals, a report stated.  

    More >>

    Matthews police are searching for a man accused of firing shots outside of a home Monday night. Officials say the shots were fired around 8:10 p.m. in the 800 block of E. Charles Street. Upon arrival officers spoke with people inside the home who said they observed a male holding a shotgun in the driveway threatening to kill to individuals, a report stated.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly