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Friday, February 5th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  28 responses

Mike Dunleavy Loses One of His Jobs

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Mike Dunleavy and his funny-looking suits will no longer coach the Los Angeles Clippers. Dunleavy more or less fired himself, and leaves the Clip Show’s coaching ranks with a lifetime record of 194-298.

This, however, does not mean that the Clippers have gotten rid of Dunleavy’s stench of failure. No, sir. He will simply be spending more time upstairs, and continue to perform his GM duties.

The LA Times reports:

With one year left on his contract at $5.4 million, Dunleavy will remain as general manager, the other half of the title he has formally held for two seasons. If this is it as a coach, he leaves with one more distinction to add to an NBA Finals appearance (Lakers, 1991) and the Clippers’ first foray beyond the first round (2006): Longest-serving lame duck in NBA history.

It has been two years, two weeks and a day since Jan. 21, 2008, when Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling vented his displeasure in an interview with The Times’ T.J. Simers. With GM Elgin Baylor and President Andy Roeser present, Simers asked Sterling, who in happier times declared “I love Mike Dunleavy,” if he still loved his coach. “I don’t think anyone really loves their coach,” Sterling said. “Do you think anybody loves their coach? They’re just a necessity.”

Dunleavy was the only coach/GM in the League, an arrangement that will continue to boggle the mind for years.

This is a good thing for the 21-28 Clippers, who undoubtedly tuned out Mike Dunleavy a long time ago. Assistant coach Kim Hughes will be given a chance, and even if he doesn’t figure it out, at least the team will have a new voice.

The fact that Dunleavy will remain in a decision-making role is troubling for all Clippers fans, but they’re used to suffering, and they have to keep faith that this, too, shall pass someday.

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  • Sam Z

    first

  • Sam Z

    and i wish the clippers actually had a competant staff then they might be over .500 or even in the playoff race

  • BackInBlack

    saw it coming

  • james

    Im throwing a party at my house for this sh$$ lol!!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/ L

    Im happy now

  • JoeMaMa

    Does anyone else miss Loy Vaught?

  • davidR

    let them run

  • LeoneL

    Must have been sober.

  • Nashty

    at least they didn’t have Isiah Thomas….

  • tavoris

    about damn time

  • Frank

    “Mike for 1″

    And on a side note: I live in Portland, and was at a restaurant the time Mike was fired here. “Mike – 1″ was was written on the sign-up sheet. Mike was sitting by himself at the Sushi bar. Not a totally pathetic scene though, as he was smiling, and talking to the chef. Guessing he was alone because his son was playing on the east coast (where maybe the rest of Mike’s family was) in the final four the next night.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Oh god, the party at Bill Simmons’ house will be off the hizzy.

  • Statik

    Guess our chants of “Fire Dunleavy” haven’t completely fallen on deaf ears…I think Elgin just sh!t himself laughing after this broke out

  • LA Huey

    This actually baffles me. Sterling’s track record shows he is committed to losing.

  • Marijn

    So essentially he fired himself and keeps getting paid millions. Well done.

  • carlos perez

    Being a Warriors fan,a long suffering one at that,I can appreciate what you Clipper fans are going through.In this regard we are all brothers!Hope things get better for you guys down South(except for when your team come to Oracle Arena!).

  • neaorin

    Nice, now BDiddy might actually give a damn.

  • Al

    If the Trailblazers had just held onto their 15-point 3rd quarter lead against LA in the 2000 Western finals, our perception of Dunleavy would be completely different. Good riddance to him and his terrible combover. Does this news affect anyone other than Billy Crystal?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    our perception of dunleavy would be no different. LAC had a chance to be a consistent playoff team. until he started making all the decisions. He got lucky with sam cassel, which likely prolonged this event

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    How great would it be if, now that Dunleavy isn’t there to keep him on the bench, Ricky Davis comes out and goes ballistic on the league. Not sure if he still has it in him, but I’d like to see him get the chance.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ricky davis never had it in him.

  • rob

    It seems the Clippers are getting Isiah Thomas to take over as coach, general manager and president.

    These poor Clippers, they just don’t learn do they?

  • http://www.abc.net.au/news Dave

    I bet Baron is still drunk by next tip-off.

  • Clips Fan

    This is a good move, because he is actually a brilliant GM, he just has way too many plays for NBA players to remember.

    He put together a bangin’ roster though, B.Diddy, Eric Gordon is legit, Camby and Kaman are beasting down low…

    This is a talented bunch, if they start to run more under the new coach… look out.

  • Ben

    Mike Dunleavy doesn’t actually exist

  • nastierthanu

    Wonder what they would look like with blake griffen gettin minutes

  • http://june7thdonald@netzero.net donlaker

    dude wheres my coach

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