March 10, 2010

End of the Dumbleavy era

by Dan Bilicki In: Basketball

His reign of terror is finally over. Yes Clippers fans, all 22 of you, Mike Dunleavy is no longer in charge of your club in any aspect.

After stepping down as the team’s coach less than a month ago to take over the GM job – something he wasn’t 100% incompetent at – Dunleavy has been fired by the Los Angeles Clippers.

If you want an idea as to why he maybe was canned, read the ESPN.com story about the firing. That’s right, he was at the golf course in the afternoon, as opposed to, you know, doing his job.

Now, how about this line, straight from the press release about parting ways with Dumbleavy.

“The team has simply not made sufficient progress during Dunleavy’s seven-year tenure.”

That’s an understatement if I’ve ever heard one. We’re talking about a guy who had one winning season and one playoff appearance in seven years with the team. His career record was 215-325 over the six and a half seasons he was coach. He routinely made bad decisions both with his team on the court and by acquiring ill-suited players for his team.

While timing of this move may seem curious since Dunleavy had only stepped down as coach recently, it might have actually been a move of genius. After he had stepped down, that could have made buy out terms more reasonable considering he still has a year left on his deal. And knowing that Clips owner Donald Sterling isn’t exactly a Steinbrenner in throwing the money around, this could have made all the difference in the decision to keep Dunleavy around.

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