The Bobcats fired head coach Mike Dunlap Tuesday. He was not popular with veteran players. Why does this matter? It matters because the free agents the Bobcats court will ask their peers if Dunlap is a coach they would want to play for.
The Dunlap experiment was a mistake. Retaining him would have been another.
I wrote last week that he was a temp. He was never going to be the man to lead them when (if) they finally become competitive. He had at most one more season as Charlotte's head coach.
In 2014 the Bobcats likely will have three first-round picks in a draft that will be as deep as 2013's is shallow.
They'll need a veteran coach whom the players respect and perhaps even like. They'll need a coach who can integrate his young talent.
The Bobcats can't continue to change coaches as frequently as some sportswriters change shirts. They need a coach who is not a temp.
Their mission: Hire him now.