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MavsFanFinley
07-11-2003, 09:08 AM
Team to introduce Dunleavy on Friday

ESPN.com news services

ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported Thursday night that the Los Angeles Clippers have hired Mike Dunleavy as their new coach, replacing interim coach Dennis Johnson.

Dunleavy will be introduced in his new role at a 4 p.m. ET news conference today, but it's not yet known whether Johnson, who replaced the fired Alvin Gentry on March 3, will remain with the club.

After losing out to Jeff Van Gundy for the Houston Rockets' job, Dunleavy was also a candidate for the up-for-sale Atlanta Hawks, the only team in the league that hasn't named its coach for next season.

ESPN.com reported in mid-June that Dunleavy -- the only candidate to meet face-to-face with owner Donald T. Sterling -- emerged as the Clippers' leading candidate. The sides finally reached terms on multiyear deal after a month of on-and-off negotiations, and it's believed that Dunleavy will earn at least $1 million more per season than Gentry, who was at the bottom of the coaches' pay scale when dismissed at $1.5 million.

Returning to Los Angeles will be a homecoming of sorts for Dunleavy. In his first season on an NBA bench, Dunleavy guided the Lakers to the 1991 NBA Finals.

Dunleavy has a 398-390 career coaching record in 10 seasons coaching the Lakers, Milwaukee and Portland. He twice reached the Western Conference finals with Portland but was fired after the 2000-01 season when the volatile Blazers -- still reeling from their Game 7 meltdown against the Lakers in the previous season -- were swept by L.A. in the first round.

It remains to be seen how the Clippers fare in free agency, with Dunleavy said to be concerned throughout negotiations by the uncertain state of the team's roster. Center Michael Olowokandi and swingman Eric Piatkowski are unrestricted free agents. Elton Brand, Lamar Odom, Andre Miller and Corey Maggette are restricted free agents. All of those players have drawn significant interest from other teams.

MFFL
07-11-2003, 09:28 AM
The Clips start the process again. I wonder how long it will take to churn through this coach.

Dooby
07-11-2003, 09:45 AM
Poor guy.

Ummmmm Ok
07-11-2003, 10:26 AM
The sad thing is, Dunleavy is one of the few coaches that I actually like. During this past season, he called Newy and Coop alot and always had very sound advise. Dunleavy might actually get some of these guys to actually play, and not worry about their contracts.

Time will tell.

Drbio
07-11-2003, 02:38 PM
If anyone can right that shipwreck it's probably Dunleavy, but he has one hell of a road to go down. I agree with Doobs. Poor guy.

Dooby
07-11-2003, 03:59 PM
Dunleavy lives next to my dad. I have to go over there tomorrow. Maybe I'll go next door and try to talk him out of it.

Drbio
07-11-2003, 04:58 PM
Originally posted by: Dooby
Dunleavy lives next to my dad. I have to go over there tomorrow. Maybe I'll go next door and try to talk him out of it.

Down the road I am sure he would appreciate it.

MavKikiNYC
07-11-2003, 09:44 PM
Does he need the money?

Can't his kid carry the old man for a couple of years?