Los Angeles Clippers Sever Ties with Mike Dunleavy

March 9th, 2010 by Jose Salviati Leave a reply »
Somewhere Bill Simmons, ESPN columnist who has made his dislike for Dunleavy evident in several articles, is smiling.

The final link between Mike Dunleavy and the Clippers was officially severed today.  Word apparently arrived via email and was shared with viewers of the Clipper game against the Orlando Magic by Clipper announcers Ralph Lawler and Mike Smith.  No press conference, no semblance of order, not even a thank you in the official notice.  Dunleavy is simply gone and we are left to wonder what exactly is going on in Clipper Nation.

That's not to say this was unexpected, it was.  In seven years Dunleavy managed just a single winning season.  Of course, when you compare that to his predecessors that's not so bad, but a 1 for 7 average tends to get people fired. 

In addition to less then expected results and more than enough time to deliver Dunleavy was also a very well paid G.M.  When he stepped down as coach Dunleavy became a $5 million dollar a year G.M., a fact that must have made Donald Sterling bristle.

All that no doubt contributed to today's announcement which was terse and seemed almost cruel. "T ...

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