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Bobcats Fire First-Year Coach Mike Dunlap After 21-61 NBA Season

Charlotte Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap was hired last June after the Bobcats finished 7-59 in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, at .106 the lowest winning percentage in National Basketball Association history. Photographer: Marc Serota/Getty Images
Charlotte Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap was hired last June after the Bobcats finished 7-59 in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, at .106 the lowest winning percentage in National Basketball Association history. Photographer: Marc Serota/Getty Images

April 23 (Bloomberg) -- The Charlotte Bobcats fired head coach Mike Dunlap after the team won 21 games this season, second-fewest in the National Basketball Association.

Dunlap, 55, was let go after just one season with the NBA team, the Bobcats said today in a statement on their website. A search for his successor will begin immediately.

“As an organization, it was decided that we needed to make a change with the head coach position,” President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins said in the statement.

Dunlap was hired last June after the Bobcats finished 7-59 in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, at .106 the lowest winning percentage in NBA history. Previously an assistant at St. John’s University in New York.

The Bobcats were 21-61 this year, and finished 17 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Their 61 losses were second only to the Orlando Magic’s 62 and Charlotte’s 6-35 road mark was the worst in the league.

The Bobcats have been to playoffs once since entering the league as an expansion team in 2004. Dunlap was the fifth coach the team has used in that nine-year span.

-- Editor: Jay Beberman

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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