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Dunlap has been with St. John’s since 2010 and filled in as head coach last season while Steve Lavin recovered from cancer surgery. Previously he was an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets in 2006-08 and also has experience coaching in college at Southern California, Arizona and Oregon.

It’s possible the coaching search could stretch into June with some bigger profile candidates waiting to see if the Bobcats land the No. 1 pick in the May 30 NBA lottery.

The Bobcats know the job may not be an easy sell after coming off a rough season.

But Cho said previously he wants to hire a candidate that is excited about the challenge that lies ahead, not someone who looks at the job as an uphill battle.

“Those are the type of coaches we don’t want to bring in,” Cho said. “I want somebody that will relish the opportunity and look at it as a challenge. It’s really easy to go to a winning team and take that opportunity. But I want somebody in here that’s going to look at this as a great opportunity and a challenge and a chance to build something from the ground up.”


Associated Press writer Kyle Hightower in Orlando contributed to this report.