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Mike Dunleavy a Laker candidate?

Posted on: May 13, 2011 3:17 pm
Posted by Royce Young

More and more names are surfacing in the hunt for the next Lakers coach and one candidate is a familiar face -- Mike Dunleavy.

Dunleavy coached the Lakers after Pat Riley stepped away from the bench and had a pretty successful stint there. He upset the Blazers in the Western Conference Finals before losing out to Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan in the 1991 Finals.

Dunleavy most recently coached the Clippers, where he wasn't really successful. He resigned as coach after going 215-326 with the Clippers. He's currently waiting and arbitration case after he sued the organization after it stopped paying him after his dismissal as general manager. Dunleavy has a career record of 613-716 as a head coach with the Lakers, Milwaukee, Portland and the Clippers.

Is he a fit there? Yeah, I'd say so. Every coach is better with good players and while Dunleavy wasn't great with the Clippers, he's a coach that did well in Portland with the Blazers (winning Coach of the Year in 1999), coming within a Game 7 collapse of beating Shaq and Kobe in the 2000 Western Conference Finals.

Dunleavy has a good relationship with Kobe, as he nearly recruited him to the Clippers in 2004. And that's the thing -- give Dunleavy good players and he's always been pretty successful. With the Clippers, he was at the front of a fairly dysfunctional roster. He didn't do a great job by any means, but he certainly hasn't forgotten how to coach. And whoever it is that takes the Laker job will have a good roster in place, a smart general manager in the front office and an owner willing to spend. That's a recipe for success, for any coach.

Right now the names that have surfaced are Dunleavy, Rick Adelman and Laker assistants Brian Shaw and Chuck Person. The search will likely be fairly wide and cover a large number of candidates. A report had stated it starts with director of player personell Jim Buss, owner Jerry Buss and GM Kupchak, in that order.
Category: NBA

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2011 7:31 am

Mike Dunleavy a Laker candidate?

I don't think this is a good choice for the Lakers, so i'd like them to hire him!

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2011 6:29 pm

Mike Dunleavy a Laker candidate?

Look what he did with the Clips... yea, got them to win their first playoff series in ages. He did just fine there.

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2011 6:04 pm

Mike Dunleavy a Laker candidate?

As an Anti-Laker Fan!!  Good, hire Dunleavy.  The Lakers will sink with him as a coach.  He's NOT a players coach.  Look what he did with the Clips!!  He and Kobe will go head to head every night!!  Hire him, he's the chosen one!!

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:47 am

Mike Dunleavy a Laker candidate?

Figures ole Fraud Phil jumps ship when the job becomes challenging and requires real coaching ability.  Better hope Miami doesn't win it all this year Phil because they will not dump their coach if that happens and you'll won't be able to slide right in and take all the credit for your next ready made championship team.  What a Fraud!

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:44 am

Mike Dunleavy a Laker candidate?

How about someone fresh and new,instead of the same old,same old? Maybe someone fresh from the college ranks,might be a refreshing change. I know alot of times that doesnt work,but it might in this case. Even though I would hate to lose him,I think Thad Motta would make an excellent NBA coach. Just a thought.

Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: May 14, 2011 9:07 am

Mike Dunleavy a Laker candidate?

It's the beginning of the end for the Lakers.   With an aging roster that has locker room issues and not having Phil Jackson at the helm, this team will be in for a rough couple years.  It's a changing of the guard in the NBA right now.  The Celtics are past their prime as well.  With the emergence of the Bulls this year, an ever improving Oklahoma City and up and coming Memphis team, the league is taking on a new look.  Let's not even talk about the Heat....    &nb
sp;    I would go with Shaw or Person as the Lakers choice.  At least they have worked under Phil and can keep some level of consistency.  Either way, I'm looking forward to watching the Lakers struggle. After their embarrasing exit from the playoffs, they deserve a few years of futility. 

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2011 5:48 am

Mike Dunleavy a Laker candidate?

If it was 10 years ago and Dunleavy had just left Portland, I'd say he'd have a shot with this Lakers team because he dealt with the Jail Blazers. Today, no way in hell. In the early 90's, he was handed Riley's team. I love what Dunleavy did as a Blazers fan, but it just isn't going to work if it happens. Same with Adelman. Rudy T had some other issues, but I doubt if he had been there 100% health-wise, that it would have been any better.

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 11:21 pm

Mike Dunleavy a Laker candidate?

He's currently waiting and arbitration case after he sued the organization after it stopped paying him after his dismissal as general manager.
I gave up any hope of seeing real literacy on the Internet years ago.  Where on earth did this blogger learn to write, though?  This one line has too many problems to know even where to begin.  A plea to the managers at  Quality control may be an endangered 'species'; but it still matters.

As for Michael Dunleavy's rumored potential return as Lakers coach, two short remarks come right to mind:

- Deja vu.

- They could do far worse.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 10:22 pm

Mike Dunleavy a Laker candidate?

Stupid, stupid, stupid...he didn't work out before, what makes them think this nice, but not very successful retread is even worth the effort?

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 8:38 pm

Mike Dunleavy a Laker candidate?

Lol Sausage huh ? it fits. Well a comment from a typical Laker hater, please take a moment to realize you embarrassed yourself in print. The Lakers went to 3 straight Finals, winning 2 and were the favorite to win again this year ! Yes Kobe is aging and the roster has a few weak links as does every team in the league but last time I checked they have the greatest Laker ever and 2nd best player to ever play in the NBA in Kobe, they have Pau Gasol considered the most skilled big man in the NBA and one of the best ever, they have Andrew Bynum considered to be the 2nd best Center in the league behind Dwight Howard and they have this years 6th man of the year winner in Lamar Odom so not sure what more you want on one team unless you are assembling an Olympic dream team. No team wins every year we all know that and we also know when the Lakers decline Jerry Buss fixes that very quickly. So revise your comment and we will all forgive you hahahahah

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