He’s not being fired – he’s being relieved. And relief is something anyone would need after coaching the Los Angeles Clippers for any extended period of time.
To Mike Dunleavy’s credit, his basketball mind is one of the greatest in the world. There is no denying the perspective he brings to elite basketball talent, and to team organization. In terms of assembling personnel, developing chemistry and letting that chemistry work on the hardwood, he’s one of the best, but as a coach…? He’s about as exciting as watching the facilities janitor dry mop the floor before practice. Maybe that’s not entirely fair-OK, it’s a shot below the belt, but something clearly isn’t vibing between Dunleavy and the young talent on the roster.
The timing of the move is a bit strange, considering there are only 32 games left in the regular season -scratch that, let’s just say it – only 32 games LEFT for the Clippers in 2010, but the organization felt it was time to make a move, and let’s face it, they sign the checks. The move consists of Dunleavy going straight from the bench and to the front office to focus on his GM duties, potential acquisitions and the draft. You know, the NBA draft…that happens in late June!? Ultimately, it looks like the fans are getting what they want, as the “Fire Dunleavy” chants were gaining momentum after every home loss.
Not devoid of talent, and only 7 games under .500, the Clippers will be led by interim head coach Kim Hughes, who will step up from his role as assistant.