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Mike Dunlap


Mike Dunlap just recently got hired as the head coach at Loyola Marymount.
All the best to Dunlap, wasn't the coach we hoped he would be, but he did his best with what he had.

Source: http://basketball.re...oyola-Marymount


  • 8 Comments

    He's a good college coach and I wish him success.
    always liked dunlap, he was very quotable. good luck to him.
    Got a raw deal here. I wish him nothing but the best in college.
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    InProblematique
    Mar 14 2014 10:04 PM
    Dunno if he got a raw deal here—I know he was inexcusably tough on players, very cold and distant, and not a great developer. Not what you want in the NBA, especially on a young team that needed to be taught how to play in the NBA. Dunlap brought college defense to our starting five, who, quite frankly, are very talented defensive players for the most part, and made them among the worst in the league. He often refused to come out of zone defense, his offensive schemes were rudimentary and predictable, and his rotations were absolutely miserable.

    But it was a lot to ask an assistant coach at a mid-major college to come in and be the head coach of an NBA team. I hope he does well with his new job. He's definitely meant to coach college, not the NBA.
    I agree with the notion that he was a college coach in an NBA job. And I thought he was a good one. And I do think he got a bit of a raw deal, not that I am unhappy with Clifford - I am ecstatic w/ Clif. But to blame him for having a shitty defense when he's starting Bis-roast (at the height of his goal tending rage), a gimpy Hendo, a freshman MKG, Kemba and Mulley seems unjust. And his bigs off the bench are Tyrus, Diop, Warrick and Haywood?

    He got a hell of a lot out of Mullens and Kemba and was prescient enough to have a realistic discord with Gordon and Thomas. We had a flat out low talent team last year and I think a lot of credit is due Dunlap for getting them better. Was he apparently a douche? Yeah ... and he's gone due to that. But if you look at the human side of it, can you fathom the stress of landing an NBA HC job and being given that roster (and especially the duds let alone the jerks). I'm sure that keeping your inner-douche from coming out is beyond reasonable to ask when you are balancing that.

    I wish him all the best and just became a LM fan.
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    InProblematique
    Mar 14 2014 11:29 PM

    I agree with the notion that he was a college coach in an NBA job. And I thought he was a good one. And I do think he got a bit of a raw deal, not that I am unhappy with Clifford - I am ecstatic w/ Clif. But to blame him for having a shitty defense when he's starting Bis-roast (at the height of his goal tending rage), a gimpy Hendo, a freshman MKG, Kemba and Mulley seems unjust. And his bigs off the bench are Tyrus, Diop, Warrick and Haywood?

    He got a hell of a lot out of Mullens and Kemba and was prescient enough to have a realistic discord with Gordon and Thomas. We had a flat out low talent team last year and I think a lot of credit is due Dunlap for getting them better. Was he apparently a douche? Yeah ... and he's gone due to that. But if you look at the human side of it, can you fathom the stress of landing an NBA HC job and being given that roster (and especially the duds let alone the jerks). I'm sure that keeping your inner-douche from coming out is beyond reasonable to ask when you are balancing that.

    I wish him all the best and just became a LM fan.


    Kemba is an average defender...quick, avoids screens, stays with his man. Henderson is a great team defender, MKG was picked because of his remarkable defensive prowess, and Biz was beginning to emerge as a solid rim protector. I'll give you Mully, he was a sorry defender, but even Thomas and Haywood are serviceable defenders to keep the team out of the bottom 25 defensively. Teams didn't score on a Charlotte team that lacked defensive talent, they scored on a team that lacked a defensive scheme and adequate defensive coaching.

    Dunno if he got a raw deal here—I know he was inexcusably tough on players, very cold and distant, and not a great developer. Not what you want in the NBA, especially on a young team that needed to be taught how to play in the NBA. Dunlap brought college defense to our starting five, who, quite frankly, are very talented defensive players for the most part, and made them among the worst in the league. He often refused to come out of zone defense, his offensive schemes were rudimentary and predictable, and his rotations were absolutely miserable.

    But it was a lot to ask an assistant coach at a mid-major college to come in and be the head coach of an NBA team. I hope he does well with his new job. He's definitely meant to coach college, not the NBA.

     

    He got one year with a historically bad roster.  I don't care how many faults he may have had thats a raw deal.   He was a patsy and still tripled the teams win total. 

     

    I am 100% on board the C-Train, we got our guy I hope and I'm not pining for a Dunlap return or anything.  I just think its ridiculous that anyone thinks they can make a judgement on Dunlap, when he made Cat salad out of Cat shit.  I think it could have been very interesting to see what his new blood methods could have done given a chance, but I'm more than happy to watch them unfold at Loyola first.

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    GeorgeOscarBluth
    Mar 16 2014 08:28 AM

    He only got one year, and the roster was bad, but he didn't do himself any favors by alienating himself from the players and failing to understand the end game as it relates to coaching in the NBA.  NBA seasons are a much different grind than college seasons and NBA players are different than college players.  You can't treat every game, every quarter, every possession, as if it's a winnable, teachable moment.  That's what college coaches do.  In the NBA, you have to take a radically different approach and you have to talk to players differently.  Dunlap failed to adopt the mentality of a successful NBA coach and for that reason he failed.  That wasn't his only short-coming, but it was his biggest imo.