Tag:Mike Dunleavy
Posted on: July 6, 2010 10:58 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2010 11:41 pm

Source: Clippers choose Del Negro (UPDATE)

The Clippers have offered their head coaching job to Vinny Del Negro, choosing the former Bulls coach over Dwane Casey to replace Mike Dunleavy, a person with knowledge of the decision confirmed to CBSSports.com.

Barring a snag in contract negotiations, it is believed that Del Negro will accept the job and get another chance to coach barely three months after the Bulls fired him amid tension between he and Bulls executive vice president John Paxson.

The Clippers issued a news release stating they've reached an agreement in principle with Del Negro and that more information would be provided Wednesday.

Despite legal haggling over money owed to Dunleavy and other former Clippers coaches by notorious owner Donald Sterling, the opening was among the most attractive in the league this summer because of the talent on the roster -- Blake Grifffin, Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Baron Davis -- plus $16.8 million in salary-cap space, enough to land one max free agent. The Clippers made a run at LeBron James last week in Cleveland, but were the only team to court the King without a head coach in place.

Unlike teams that bring in numerous candidates for interviews, the Clippers narrowed the field to Del Negro and Casey from the outset and interviewed them twice over the past week. There were indications late last week that some of the team's decision makers preferred Casey, who was passed over by the Bulls when they hired Del Negro two years ago. Casey also was a finalist for the Hawks, who hired in-house assistant Larry Drew.

Posted on: March 9, 2010 9:41 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2010 9:53 pm

West: No interest in Clippers job

The first name that came to mind after the Clippers' rude and unceremonious news release came out Tuesday night announcing Mike Dunleavy's firing was none other than Jerry West. The Logo had been long rumored to be a candidate to take over the Clippers' woebegone basketball operations if -- and, as it turned out, when -- they finally "severed ties" with Dunleavy.

From West himself Tuesday night: Not gonna happen.

"No contact, no interest, not looking to work anymore," West said by telephone after the Dunleavy news broke. "Time for someone younger to have an opportunity to do something. I have not been contacted, nor would I have any interest."

But West, who was at the center of speculation to take over the Knicks' basketball operations when Isiah Thomas was deposed two years ago, left the door open ever so slightly to returning to a front office in some capacity.

"Unless there was something that was along the lines of a consultant job -- a working consultant," West said. "I don’t want a title or need a title. It was fun to be involved. It's a tough business. But I'm not looking for a job nor am I putting my name out there for any job. I've always felt we all have a lifespan with what we’re doing. Mine has been served."

West, 71, left the Memphis Grizzlies after his contract expired in 2007 and hasn't been involved in running a team since. The architect of two Lakers dynasties is forever linked with job openings, though. Another credible Jerry -- Colangelo -- would be high on any serious team's list of candidates. During All-Star weekend in Dallas, Colangelo tried to tamp down speculation that he was in the running to take over the Nets -- but also said if a team called, he'd listen.

Meantime, with another important draft and the biggest free-agent class in NBA history looming, the Clippers had better hope the promotion of assistant GM Neil Olshey works out. After reading the Clippers' brutally worded news release on Dunleavy's dismissal -- and knowing the organization's track record for losing and cheapness -- what credible candidate would want to work there?

"The team has simply not made sufficient progress during Dunleavy’s seven-year tenure," the news rocket said. "The Clippers want to win now."

And for the past quarter century, too, right?

The irony is that buried somewhere in all that dysfunction is a fairly promising roster and cap flexibility. Clippers fans can look forward to Blake Griffin's return in 2011-12, and Dunleavy left Donald Sterling enough cap space to get a marquee free agent if anybody wants to go.

That's almost as hard to imagine as the Clippers winning anything on Sterling's watch, no matter who's picking and coaching the players.

Posted on: February 4, 2010 6:35 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2010 9:03 pm

Dunleavy steps down; what took so long?

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.

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