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August 18, 2012

Winters, Leibovitz likely joining Charlotte Bobcats coaching staff

WintersLeibovitz150pBrian Winters and Dan Leibovitz are under strong consideration to fill out Mike Dunlap's coaching staff with the Charlotte Bobcats, the Observer has learned.

Winters, 60, (at left in file photo) would serve as a veteran presence on the bench with Dunlap, who has not previously been a head coach at the NBA or Division I college level.

A former star at South Carolina, Winters coached the Vancouver Grizzlies for most of their first two seasons (1995-97) and was also a head coach in the WNBA with the Indiana Fever. He was a longtime NBA assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors following a nine-season NBA career that included two All-Star appearances.

Although Dunlap isn't expected to name a lead assistant, Winters' NBA experience figures to be valuable, considering Dunlap spent only two seasons on an NBA bench with the Denver Nuggets.

Winters has local ties, as his son Brendan played for Davidson. Brendan Winters was Southern Conference player of the year in 2005, scoring a career-high 33 points against Chattanooga to secure an NCAA berth in the Southern Conference tournament. Brian Winters and Davidson coach Bob McKillop grew up together on Long Island.

Leibovitz (at right in file photo) is a college coach with ties to Dunlap. A former player at Pennsylvania and Franklin & Marshall, he's been an assistant at Temple and Penn, and served as Hartford's head coach from 2006 through 2010. He was top assistant to John Chaney at Temple and served as acting head coach when Chaney served a five-game suspension in 2006.

Winters and Leibovitz would join Rick Brunson and Stephen Silas on Dunlap's first staff. A highly successful Division II coach, Dunlap spent the last few seasons as an assistant with the Nuggets and Arizona, Oregon and St. John's.

Posted by Observer Sports on August 18, 2012 at 04:53 PM | Permalink


Here's hoping to a name change next off season because this team is no where near recognizable as the Panthers are because that name is a huge turn off. People in Carolina follow the Panthers win or lose in both states but the BOBcats are barely even mentioned if at all. Time to give fans a brand they can relate to and not one that makes us remember an old owner that was egotistic enough to name the team after his self. If you support this team great but the majority of this state never has and never will until you put a brand out there that works. By the way those new uniforms are a rip off of the Mavericks and they look UGLY and I am a huge UNC fan too but Carolina blue is not a good neutral color for our area.

Posted by: CHARLOTTEHORNETS | Aug 18, 2012 7:52:20 PM

This was reported two days ago by Goodman of CBS. More great stuff coming from our hard working Rick Bonnell.

Posted by: TJ | Aug 18, 2012 9:01:26 PM

hire Shammond Williams to teach Kemba Walker how to shoot! More old retreads! Need new young coaches who can relate and communicate with players!

Posted by: joe cool | Aug 19, 2012 11:25:59 AM

Enough with this Hornets crap! How can you change a name when another team has it? Moving on...@joe cool we have our young coach who can relate to players in Stephen Silas. Don't sleep on him.

Posted by: DS | Aug 20, 2012 8:58:01 AM

joe cool - I've heard Dunlap being called a lot of things since we hired him, but "old retread" isn't one of them. I don't think
Leibovitz is all that old either. And, as mentioned, we have Stephen Silas. Looks to me like Dunlap has surrounded himself with experienced guys that should help him overcome any problems he has adjusting to being an NBA head coach. I know the games were meaningless but our team was a lot of fun to watch in Vegas. There is hope for the future, something we couldn't say last season.

Posted by: J | Aug 21, 2012 10:55:34 AM

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