Charlotte Bobcats fire Coach Mike Dunlap

April 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 23 (UPI) -- Mike Dunlap has been fired by the Charlotte Bobcats after the NBA team went 21-61 in Dunlap's only season as head coach.

Dunlap, 55, was hired 10 months ago, replacing Paul Silas. The Bobcats started the 2012-13 season 7-5 -- matching the team's win total of the previous year -- but, even with a three-game winning streak to end the season, sagged to 14-56 the rest of the way.

The Charlotte season included an 18-game losing streak.

Only the Orlando Magic (20-62) had a worse record. The Magic lost its last three games.

"[General Manager] 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," Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins said in a statement Tuesday.

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

Charlotte, which started play in the 2004-05 season, has had one winning season, going 44-38 in 2009-10. The Bobcats were in the playoffs that season but were swept 4-0 in the first round by Orlando.

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