Presser for Mike Dunlap

Stuff I noticed:

Dunlap mostly said he was going to implement an attacking style on both defense and offense.

Interesting note: Dunlap got the job offer while flying home after the interview. I guess they really like him.

Dunlap mentioned multiple times that they wanted to brand the team via it’s style of play. How many teams have notable play styles? Suns, early 2000′s Kings, Spurs (?)…

He also referenced Malcolm Gladwell (10,000 hour rule) and building pyramids. Well, at least he seems to know what he’s getting into.

He does seem to realize that the Bobcats had huge problems with guys getting easy baskets at the rim, and the Cats not getting any. That was a huge problem.

Dunlap seems to think establishing solid relationships with each player, learning about them outside of basketball. That’s good.

Dunlap mentioned that fans want to see a winning team… or at least one that plays hard.

Interesting notes about “coaching for his dinner” in Australia. Dunlap isn’t a retread, but he has been around the block a few times.

He said because he’s “older” he’s got lots of connections which should help him build a assistant coaching staff.

Serge Ibaka Needs To Shut His Mouth

Serge Ibaka has violated my #1 rule of team sports: Never ever talk trash to a guy you don’t match up against.

Seriously, Serge. Why piss off the guy who is going to guard somebody else? LeBron’s going to come out fired up and take it out on poor Kevin Durant. Not you. And now KD is wandering around looking for puppies to kick because he’s got to deal with a hyped up LeBron James tonight.

If you want to talk smack to Chris Bosh and point out that he looks like ostrich, ok, fine. It’s dumb, but I’ll allow it.

I’m old fat white guy who plays in the paint. You think I go out and talk smack to the other teams guards? Heck no. They either go off on my teammate who’s guarding them, getting my teammate mad at me, or they just try to run pick and rolls to see if they can get me out on the perimeter so they can embarrass me.

Look, if you really must try to play psychological games with LeBron, make a comment about how he’s a terrible 3pt shooter in the hope that he just comes out and shoots 3s instead of trying to dunk on people. That might actually help you.

Finally how would you know how well LeBron’s defense is? During your tenure in the league, nobody in the NBA, nevermind LeBron, has bothered playing defense against you.

Like Food? Like Dunking? I Got Something For You!

Do you like eating things? Do you like watching dudes dunk basketballs? Taste of Charlotte is for you. The Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown will be held at 3rd and Tryon at 4PM Saturday, which I will judge! And more importantly, the other guest judge will be Darryl Dawkins, the only man you can call “Chocolate Thunder” with no hint of irony.

Anyway, come out and see me and more importantly see people dunk stuff!

This thing is legit too. It’s sponsored by the NBA and Sprite, and the winner gets a chance to compete at the next NBA All-Star game in an amateur contest, which is pretty awesome.

Draft Lottery Midday Update

So a couple things have (or have not) happened today:

  1. Michael Jordan continued his history of publicly humiliating Patrick Ewing by telling him he was out of the Bobcats coaching race. This was most certainly a relief to me and anyone else who actually pays attention to the NBA.
  2. I didn’t see any of the Bobcats front office guys at the gym today. One can only imagine that they are currently involved in some very deep dark hoodoo ritual action right now, petitioning any supernatural presence that may be out there to help the ping pong balls drop in the most advantageous way. Of course, they are the Bobcats so they will lose this too.

For Those About To Lose, We Salute Paul Silas

The Bobcats just announced that Paul Silas will not be returning as head coach.

I love Paul Silas. Not only was he an endless source of entertainment, be it his ability go after players who acted dumb (Tyrus Thomas, Anthony Mason) and his quality face-palming, but the guy was a quality coach who managed to get big men to play better than they are (Kwame, Biyombo, Mullens).

I don’t blame Paul Silas for this terrible season. While he shares some blame with the players, most of the blame should go to the front office, and even then it’s hard to say “wow they really screwed up”. They had a plan to blow up the team, suffer through a shortened season with some young guys, and go forward with cap space and draft picks. You can’t argue that they executed this part of the plan in a most exceptional manner.

The Bobcats experienced the perfect storm of suckage. Take a bunch of injuries, and bunch of young players, no off season to get said young players ready, and a highly compressed allowed no idea for actual coaching. Combine those and you get the worst season ever.

Anyway, the next question is “who’s going to coach this sad sack now?”. Bobcats beat guy Rick Bonnell has presented some possibilities: Mike D’Antoni (yay!), Nate McMillan (I wouldn’t be too upset), and Patrick Ewing (I would shut this site down and become a Hawks fan).

With the very sad state the Bobcats are in, you can’t believe pulling in a decent coach will be easy. Nate McMillan may be the best option, as you have to believe D’Antoni will command a significant salary.

Blogger netw3rk probably summed things up the best with this tweet:

@netw3rk: Breaking: Paul Silas will not return as coach of the Bobcats because he now hates the game of basketball.

Can’t blame him.

update: Woj already let us know about Nate McMillan

@WojYahooNBA: Nate McMillan is a North Carolina native and natural candidate for Michael Jordan, but remote chance he’ll have interest, sources tell Y!

We are so screwed.

Paul Silas beat up Tyrus Thomas

So according to Adrian Wojnarowski, Paul Silas and Tyrus Thomas got into a confrontation after the Bobcats were beaten by the Celtics without the Big Three. Apparently Silas shoved Thomas who was mouthing off.

This particular quote is amazing:

“Silas hates losing to the Celtics, and Paul was even angrier that he thought [Thomas] was acting buddy-buddy with some of their guys,” one source said. “That’s what got it going. But Paul was yelling at him over his salary, over what they have left to pay him. But it started with him saying, hey, he could live with the losing, but you’re going to be buddy-buddy as they’re beating your ass too?”

Let’s be honest, all of us want to basically do the same thing to Thomas. In fact, I’m fairly surprised that it took this long for Silas to snap.

The next thing to happen will be Bobcats’ play by play guy Steve Martin suffocating DeSagana Diop in his sleep, and will end with a flourish as Michael Jordan walks into the locker room after the Bobcats 23rd straight loss and kills each and every player with his bare hands.

So I just met Doc Rivers

I was heading back to my office after lunch basketball and ran across Doc Rivers walking down the street.

I shook his hand, exchanged pleasantries and then asked him not to beat up on the Bobcats too bad tonight.

His reply was “just a little, you don’t want to win, you want the draft pick”.

I laughed and then died a little inside.