Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  69 responses

Mike Dunleavy Is an Amazing Coach

by Marcel Mutoni

By “amazing”, of course, I mean “stunningly horrible”.

I can’t get over what happened in the Cavs/Clippers game last night. I mean, sure, you knew the Clip Show would somehow find a way to break their fans’ hearts for the umpteenth time, but they way it took place this time around was special.

Not only did L.A. blow a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter, but they (read: Mike Dunleavy) ran an amazingly terrible play to end the game.

Following Mo Williams’s go-ahead three, Dunleavy put the ball in Zach Randolph’s hands and, well, let him work his magic. A few listless dribbles followed by an airball from 30 feet out with time expiring, and you remembered why this team is where it is.

With a roster featuring Baron Davis — not to mention a blazing Al Horton, who’d hit a monster three seconds before — and a chance to eke out a win against one of the League’s elite teams, Dunleavy gave the ball to the guy who once did this.

“I wish I had an answer for what happened tonight,” said the Clippers’ Baron Davis, who had 12 points and six assists. “We’re up 15 to 17 points and we have to figure out how to close it out. We started looking over at the sidelines for Coach to save us.”

Better look elsewhere next time, Baron.

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  • Ken

    Didn’t he coach in the finals back in the late 80s?

  • Ken

    Oh, and it’s Al Thornton. I thought I heard a Hoo.

  • neaorin

    Time for the Clippers GM to step in and fire the coach… oh wait.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I honestly am starting to feel sorry for this cursed franchise.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo


  • josesito

    watched that last play, was absolutely horrible, but i think zach ran-doh! was a last resort option as it looked like baron ( or any other clipper) couldnt or didnt want to shake free from their man…was almost a 5 sec inbound violation.
    Still, totally agree about dunleavy’s shoddy coaching.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Izzo, have you ever rooted for a downtrodden franchise that can’t ever get a break or have perpetually bad luck with injuries, coaches, disgruntled players, bad GM, bad owner, etc?
    In other words, i’m a Detroit Lions fan.

  • The Kandi Raver

    The Clippers need a better coach… uptempo,defensive,halfcourt anything but mike. Their roster is pretty good they have young guys and their starting five at that game was a loaded one. Im not a clips fan but come on can they ever win consistantly?

  • Young Chris MP3

    i think Zack Randolph only pays attention to the great big men during All-Star games. These are moves Shaq playfully pulls out on a fateful Sunday night each February and ONLY then. Gotta love the announce team in the youtube clip though.

  • ClydeSays

    The YouTube clip is amazing. ZR jacked up that shot with 7 seconds left with a man covering him and the 2 of his closest teammates wide open.

  • Jumpman3224

    That clip is one of the greatest I’ve ever seen. You gotta feel for the Clippers though, it must suck to play 41 road games in LA every season.
    Bring back Q & DMiles!

  • Torrance

    That classic Randolph moment makes me laugh out loud e-ve-ry time. The look on Isiah’s face (in the extended version)!

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Eric Gordon, Baron, or Thornton shoulda taken that shot. I really think the Clips have enough talent on their roster to not suck, sure they’ve had a ton of injuries, but Dunleavy is just so bad at using what he’s got. I mean look at Skiles in Milluakee, I’m sure he doesn’t WANT to have Charlie V taking 25 shots a night, but its the best way for his team to win.

  • maio

    What exactly is a “monster three”?

  • neaorin

    It’s a three which gives your team the lead in crunch time, and thus allows the other team’s coach to put the ball in Zach Randolph’s hands, all but securing the win for your guys.

  • niQ

    an amazing coach indeed.

  • Tuomas

    Does Big Dun not have internet? The look on his face was even more priceless than Isiah’s.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    TAD:My condolences.My thinking is that The Clippers pretty much deserve what they get.I have no sympathy for anyone in LA who’s weird enough to be a Clippers fan either.

  • MooButter

    You can’t really blame their coach. I watched this entire game and the only reason the Clips were winning was because the Cavs played horrible thru three quarters. At one point they were 1-18 from 3. They finally got it going in the fourth. As for that shot. The Clips only had 6 seconds on the clock and the Cavs locked down their shooters. They had no other choice but to inboud to Zach. I think they were out of timeouts as well. This little write ignores all of those facts to slam a coach. Yes it was a horrible shot, but Zach did hit a three earlier in the game.

  • MooButter

    *write up

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    Can’t feel sorry for the Clips. They made their bed, and seemed to enjoy making it.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    Mike Dunleavy does not deserve to coach anymore.

  • Tuomas

    Only watched the recap, but it does look like you said MooButter. It certainly wasn’t how Dun envisioned it, but IMO Randolph shouldn’t have been on the court at all.

  • Luke

    Take it Al THORNTON is actually what you meant…unless the Clips signed someone I didnt know about who is also ”blazin”.

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  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    That was just Z-Bo being Z-Bo.

  • Randy Brown

    I heard that Thornton was being guarded by Delonte, and he wasn’t getting the chance to post him. Is that right?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    That last play was amazing. The best part was that the ball hit out of bounds, being an airball and all, and the Clips called a TO with like 1.6 left and the game basically over. All the Clips looked pissed at Z-Bo, and he was trying to kinda deflect the attention, so he ran over into the huddle and appeared to ask, “Who’s ball is it?” Didn’t see anyone answer him.

  • Joe

    I couldn’t stop laughing when i seen the last play, ANOTHER Randolph airball. To be fair though, there was no other player open in the inbound, and the biggest mistake was on the play before, where LeBron drove to the basket, dished it out, the ball swung round the three point line and nobody on the clippers thought about goin to the shooter Mo Williams.

  • Tommy Patron

    Funny how Southwest Airlines is a major sponsor of the NBA. “Need to get away?”

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    No Joe, the mistake was most definetly letting Z Bo take the last shot.

  • Josh D

    Both of their fans must be really pissed off

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    this reminds me of a game slast year when George Karl drew up a play for kenyon martin to hit the game winning three…while megastars like Melo and Ai were on the floor, not to mention gunners like Jr smith and Kleiza
    Karl has just had better players save his job but him and Dunleavy are about as bad as they come

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  • underdog

    I wonder what should happen’ in Clipper land, that makes Mike D. fired at last. What the hell the owner is thinking? Honestly, I think the roster is all right, even in the West. Baron, Camby, Kaman, Eric Gordon, Al Horton (and Thornton too) sounds good to me. Anyway that Z-Booo clip is a classic.

  • Static

    As probably the only Clipper fan to ever be brave enuff to post, I wish we could enlist the Mexican mafia to kidnap Dunleavy for ransom and bring back Alvin Gentry once his fantasy in Phoenix is over. Of course, now that Srterling’s plantation has scared off anybody worth making this team better, I digress. Back to the bottle for me…

  • http://yungbolo.blogspot.com YungBolo

    The biggest problem I have is that Dumbleavy kept going to Kaman when Kaman hasnt played since 1982 with his injury and had 2 turnovers in a row in the final few minutes. Gordon got no touches near the end of the game even though he should be the go-to guy, NOT KAMAN, thanks Dumbleavy you ^$*^&^&#
    Love, one of the 2 angry fans

  • http://myspace.com/mavus15 Mavus

    Ron Harper *cries silent tears*

  • http://myspace.com/mavus15 Mavus

    Danny Manning *spit his water out*

    You know things are bad when your crowd is chanting “AIR BALL” at you!!!!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Dunleavy shouldn’t get killed for this, there’s no way in hell that he drew an iso for Randolph at the top of the key. Some guys are just knuckle heads. Z-Bo being Z-Bo as Russ said. Oh well, come to think of it, he deserves to get killed for losing a 19-point lead in the 4th. Then again, he has history with blowing leads in the 4th.

  • don

    y not ran a screen for baron so he can escape whoever is guarding him? what a coach.

  • http://www.ojhoops.blogspot.com the baconator

    Who picks Z-Bo as “the game winner”? That’s a nominee for this year’s “Stupidest Coaching Decisions.” I truly feel bad for Baron Davis, not only cuz he decided to leave Golden State, but also because of the horrendous crap-show he’s been forced to play on. Yeah, I know he brought it upon himself, but no one should be forced to play for the Clips. That’s just downright cruel

  • http://nba.com/rockets Witness

    I just cant believe the owner hasnt fired him. I wish Jerry buss bought out the clippers combined them witht the lakers into the ultimate franchise.

  • http://nba.com/rockets Witness

    i think Z-Bo could have made the shot though. he once torched the rockets for a couple of threes.

    but i think the cavs were expecting b.diddy or eric gordon to get it.

  • http://nba.com/rockets Witness

    the sad part is what b.diddy said. its almost as if they are fallen(or even falling) soldiers waiting for their general to save them…

  • Colin

    And by coach you mean man who alienated his players – drove away Elton Brand and tries to trade for his son every other year because Jr. is a such a versatile talent.

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    youngbolo, your blog is hilarious

  • From out of Nowhere

    The more I hear about MDsr and the Clippers, I wonder how he almost managed to nearly get the Jail Blazers into the finals once. Maybe that team just listened to Scottie Pippen. Come to think of it, what was up with Delonte West last night?

  • Cizzo

    The best thing that ever happen to Dunleavy was his son who he has never coached thank the basketball gods!

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  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    See it’s a mindset thing…instead of Z-Bo thinking “hey I’m the open guy get it to me for the shot….” he should be trying to set a solid/awesome screen for Beard-on Davis or Al “Hoo” Thornton. I wonder if Golden-State, Phoenix and Clippers would consider a MERGER.

  • http://www.blogs.myspace.com/orignadro Witness

    @ dacre: or make an incredible three way trade. theyre each on the down slope of their franchises pride.

  • http://www.blogs.myspace.com/orignadro Witness

    I just decided to blame this elgin baylor.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    This loss is obviosly a racist move by the front office.

  • http://www.blogs.myspace.com/orignadro Witness

    honestly i dont see the racism. what are you talking about?

  • http://www.bumpertunes.com Calvin Lotz

    Is the argument really that Mike Dunleavy is a horrible coach because Zach Randolph decided the best way to win the game was to launch a 30-footer? Not sure I buy that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com John D

    Calvin, you obviously didn’t watch the rest of the 4th quarter. Or the rest of the Clippers season for that matter.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Double R

    We got Zach Randolph y’all

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Bill Simmons wrote a pretty entertaining article about this game today.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    @Witness… Talking about the downside of the Clippers pride is like trying to describe the depth of the walls of the grand canyon….

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    What “what” said. And “pretty entertaining” is underselling it. As usual, sports guy delivered!

  • http://nestbay.com Erik

    I was wondering if anybody can help. I’m trying to apply for the coaching position for the Los Angeles Clippers. I use to be a player but didn’t get a chance to go in the big leagues because of other reasons but I believe I would be a great fit for a franchise like the clippers and turn them into a playoff team year after year and hopefully eventually a championship. My email address is nestjaja@hotmail.com please contact me if you have any info available.


  • chintao

    “I don’t even know what he’s doing, Leo….” That could also be said of Big Dun.

  • Tuomas

    Seriously, for once, Simmons delivered. I literally fell off my chair when reading the column. Should try to find a torrent of the game just on the strength of being curious about whether Dun really made all those mistakes. Hey Static, go to Youtube and watch Gil Scott-Heron’s “Bottle”. It won’t necessarily make you feel any better, but at least you have some good music to go along with yours.

  • http://WWW.Yahoo.Com The Kandi Raver

    Poor Clippers…

  • donlaker

    in what universe (don sterlings) the last time dumbleavy was a good coach 1. the lakers with magic /vlade 2.portland with pip and sheed
    i work near the clippers training center, what is funny is after that loss to the cavs ,dunleavy had them all at practice at 7 am the next morning
    to see b dizzle’s bently and all these super dope cars. at practice in the early morning hours. i couldnt stop laughing all day.. @ eric dude just fax your resume. if they gave clipper daryl a job
    you can get one easy….

  • Static

    Tuomas: I peeped the vid, had I checked it yesterday it woulda been depressing but I guess us 2 Clips fans have grown thick skin so I prepare for the next game and expect nothin better. And Simmons was pretty spot on with everything he said, like deja vu after a bad dream

  • donlaker

    dude i admit ive had clip season tics for 3 years
    (2 for 1 deal) so i feel your pain static , and
    it can only get better, when they move to anaheim or back to classy san diego or even bac to buffalo. dumbleavy wont go away any time soon
    he really is sterlings favorite coach

  • http://WWW.Yahoo.Com The Kandi Raver

    Well if sterlings wants to keep losing hes got a world class coach on the bench