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Dunleavy steps down; what took so long?

Posted on: February 4, 2010 6:35 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2010 9:03 pm
The Clippers' news release explaining Mike Dunleavy's decision to step down as head coach Thursday made quite a big deal of the "opportunities" that will present themselves via the trade deadline, draft, and free agency. So let me get this straight: After four playoff appearances in 26 years, the Clippers want their fans to wait till next year?


Dunleavy stepping down as coach was hardly surprising; he's been on the hot seat since the first two weeks of the season, when a team that had enough talent to win even without No. 1 overall pick Blake Griffin stumbled out of the gate with seven losses in their first 10 games. Nor was it stunning that Dunleavy would remain in his role as general manager. If Donald Sterling owes somebody money, they will work for it. What kind of job they do is immaterial.

Byron Scott and Lawrence Frank got the ax in November, and yet Dunleavy coached on -- for far too long, with a team that so obviously had tuned him out. As the Clippers would have us believe, this finally dawned on the organization Thursday in a meeting involving Dunleavy, team president Andy Roeser, and assistant GM Neil Olshey. Quick, somebody let them know that Lehman Brothers went under, too.

“I’ve had several conversations with our owner concerning what we think is best for the team overall," Dunleavy said in the statement released by the team. "We have discussed the possibility of my concentrating only on basketball operations. That option has always been available to me. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is the ideal time for me to direct my efforts toward the many personnel opportunities that lie before us, such as the trade market, the draft and the free agent process. We fully expect to be active and productive on all those fronts.”

Assistant coach Kim Hughes will take over the interim reins for the rest of the season, which will include all these great opportunities for the organization and a wonderful perk for fans, too. They get to watch the Clippers limp toward the finish line of another dismal, non-playoff season.

By the time everyone in Clipperland "mutually" agreed that the team needed a "fresh voice," the Clippers had lost five of six games, including back-to-back losses to New Jersey and Minnesota, and found themselves seven games under .500 and seven games out of the eighth playoff spot in the West. The Clippers haven't beaten a team that currently has a winning record since they defeated the Lakers on Jan. 6.

After a 103-97 loss in Atlanta Wednesday night, Dunleavy finally concluded that "his voice wasn't reaching the team as effectively as he would've liked," according to a person familiar with the decision.

"We hope that our players will respond in a positive way," Roeser said.

Why wouldn't they? Oh, right. They're the Clippers.

Category: NBA

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2010 6:40 pm

Dunleavy steps down; what took so long?

Apparently Donald Sterling believes Isaiah Thomas is the answer. Radio reports here in LA are saying he's reached out to him to see if he'd be interested in becoming the President, GM, and Head Coach of the team. Sterling can't be of right mind is all I can think. Because nobody in their right mind would hire this guy back into the NBA after watching what he did to the Knicks. No wonder the Clippers are an embarassment. Unbelievable!

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2010 3:28 pm

Dunleavy steps down; what took so long?

I would have to agree with you and I think a younger coach who still has a lot to offer would be the next choice. Maybe a guy like Avery Johnson, or the out of work Byron Scott? I think Byron and Baron would work well together to help this team realize its potential. Avery Johnson would get these guys playing D, and since he was a PG in the league would display a very strong leadership role with those players includign Baron Davis. I like the fact that the Clip has a lot of bigs to offer but frankly I feel that they can only go as far as Baron Davis can take them the way teh team is put together right now. Just last year Al Thornton was one player that Dunleavy didn't want to lose, btu his minutes and role on this team have diminished they should try to get something in return for him if he isn't part of the plan anymore. I would assume Camby is out the door at the end of this season to make room for Griffin at the 4 (unless he agrees to a big paycut probably under MLE) so if you do not plan to re-sign Camby maybe a package of Thornton and Camby will be in the works? I know Tayshaun is on the market in Detroit and they need a real C? But this team needs a leader than can get Baron Davis to realize that this is his team on the court and he needs to get his numbers (PPG and FG%) up. His APG is nice but he seems to disappear offensively in games trying to differ in the early stages, then at the end fo the game is puts up terrible shots and dominates the ball. He needs to be a threat the whole game and not just try to get the numbers in one quarter, which is what he seems to do right now.

Since: Feb 5, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2010 2:19 am

Dunleavy steps down; what took so long?

I've been a Clipper fan since the Danny Manning days yet even then I hated the owner.  You are absolutely correct that moron needs to sell the team and that do nothing David Stern needs to somehow force him to, he's losing $$$ every second the Clippers aren't somewhere near the Lakers in stature and a real rivalry is stoked up on a yearly basis.  I've been waiting 20 years for Sterling to be gone and I'll wait 20 more.  I should outlive the old twit if nothing else.

Dunleavy should have stepped down a long time ago.  He's a mediocre coach these days at best.  The players only put up with him they hardly listen to his nonsense.  His breath probably smells like an alley in skid row.

The only hope for these Clips, besides the worthless owner / slumlord selling the team, is somehow getting a very good coach who can relate to guys like Baron Davis and I believe this team would rally around that very quickly.  But I'm a Clipper fan, I'm used to having punches to the gut on an annual basis, like Blake Griffin breaking his kneecap (who ever does that?) on a monster mash flying dunk.  Griffin is made of steel yet he gets injured before playing one game and is out the entire season.

Gee whiz, being a Clipper fan is great fun!

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2010 12:22 am

Dunleavy steps down; what took so long?

Does anyone really think it matters who coaches the Clips?  They have talent, sure.  They have skill, sure.  They have a terrible owner, absolutely.  Back when this team had Odom, Maggette, and all the other youngsters, they had talent.  Missed the playoffs by about 2 games I think?  I can't really remember right now, but I know it wasn't by much.  However, with all that young talent they had, they still missed the playoffs.  They still couldn't win consistently.  That's the way it's been in Clipperland for how long now?  They might actually be able to do something once Sterling either A) dies or B) sells the team.  That's the only time when it's going to happen.  I actually used to root and love these guys back when Odom was there with all the young talent.  However, that changed once he was gone and I realized that Donald Sterling is the worst owner in the NBA.  That being said, it will never matter who coaches the team, they'll always lose as long as Sterling is there.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2010 7:32 pm

Clippers' Dunleavy steps down as coach (UPDATE)

Dunleavy should have been fired a long time ago.  He can be a good coach for a very young team, but this team is not that young.  He has made some decent moves as GM.  Just like with Elgin Baylor, Sterling has loyalty towards Dunleavy.  They could be posturing for the off season.  The Clips are poised to make a major move and get one of the premier free agents.  They will have a lot of cap space.  The Clips may believe that with Dunleavy as head coach, they won't have the pull necessary.  Let's just hope that they can get the right coach to make those moves.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2010 7:26 pm

Clippers' Dunleavy steps down as coach (UPDATE)

Kim Hughes is a former All-American C-F at Wisconsin where he played with his brother Kerry. How'sthat for great sports names? Kim and Kerry Hughes?
Kim went on to start for the World Champion New York Nets in 1975-76 where he carrid some guy named Julius Erving.
The enxt year, the Nets joined the NBA and strpped Erving from the team and the Nets went south in a hurry but Kim hung around with them and finished up his career in Cleveland.
He was renowned for hisheathery tough from the free throw line, where for his career, he was a 40% shooter.
I think he may in elite company, along with Wilt Chamberlain as one of the few career basketball players to play in at least 400 games whose FG% was higher than his free throw percentage.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2010 7:25 pm

Clippers' Dunleavy steps down as coach (UPDATE)

Kim is a Korean name, not Chinese fyi

Since: Dec 26, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2010 7:14 pm

Clippers' Dunleavy steps down as coach (UPDATE)

why weird....this has been long overdue. you must not be from LA

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2010 6:59 pm


I know that no one wants to acknowledge the large elephant in the room, but lets be honest here, this man is obviously a huge alcoholic.  I can see it miles away.  I think he is an even bigger alcoholic than Flip Saunders.  So, we must ask what kind of role alcohol played in this situation.  I wonder if the organization just got tired of having a drunk for a coach.  Also, I dont understand why these coaches get such a pass for their behavior when players wouldnt.  No one ever talks about how this guy just goes out and gets tanked after every game win or lose.  It has to affect his coaching performance.

Since: Feb 4, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2010 6:55 pm

Clippers' Dunleavy steps down as coach (UPDATE)

Why does the Mike Dunleavy link go to his son?

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