When the Charlotte Bobcats start looking for a new head coach, they might want to look inside the box instead of outside.
Mike Dunlap was an out-of-box coach for the Bobcats. His hiring raised some eyebrows because of his weak background as an NBA coach. But because a young team was looking for instruction and guidance, Dunlap made sense in that regard. But in the end, the didn’t have enough respect from management, and probably not from his players.
It doesn’t matter how much you know about the game of basketball. If you don’t have the respect of your players, you’re not going to win them over too much.
That’s why Mo Cheeks should be on top of the Bobcats’ list, if they can get him, the lead assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder obviously has the playing and coaching experience to get another shot as an NBA head coach.
He’s had limited success as coach but his two stints have been with the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers with a combined record of 284-286. Both of those franchises provide challenges for any coach. His teams were almost always competitive. The Bobcats management will need to make sure their man has the talent to work with or else anyone else who coaches the Thunder isn’t going to have any success.
If Cheeks is given at least two years, and hopefully three, to work with this Charlotte team, he may be able to put the team in the playoffs — but it must be a two-way street.