SHELBURNE: Clippers have excuses, not...

SHELBURNE: Clippers have excuses, not fixes

There are 7 comments on the LA Daily News story from Apr 17, 2009, titled SHELBURNE: Clippers have excuses, not fixes. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

At some point in this lost season, even coach Mike Dunleavy got tired of hearing the excuses come out of his mouth.

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Paramount, CA

#1 Apr 17, 2009
So Ramona it seems the Clipper organization bought you off. The massive number of Clipper injuries aside the fault and the problem are Dunleavy. He has no excuses that are valid. The numerous forth quarter folds are his fault. Many of those flops followed timeouts called by Dunleavy as the team was rallying. Season ticket holders near the bench report Dunleavy screams at players and screams instructions more then any other coach they've ever observed. Aside from being the cause of Elton Brand's departure (Mike's an amateur GM no matter that he's had that job before) his signing Baron Davis with the intension of changing the All-Stars style of play to his own (Dunleavy) failed game plans was idiotic. His inability to properly utilize and coach the players he had or had assembled because he's only comfortable (or capable) of coaching in his own chosen limited style makes him no better then a rank amateur. His massive number of 4th quarter flops indicates that Dunleavy has lost the players, history shows that winning them back is almost impossible. Dunleavy is a fool. Clippers lost so many fans this year that Sterling must get him off the sidelines and keep him out of the new coaches hair. Sure Sterling doesn't want to have to pay Dunleavy off ($11million left on deal) and that's the reason for his locker room visit and cowardly attack on a young player rather then Baron ($55 million)Davis - Earlier that night at a meeting with season ticket owners Roesser was told unanimously by the fans that Dunleavy must go, Sterling's nasty outburst was his reaction to learning he'll probably have to pay off Dunleavy or he won't sell seats next season.

Cathedral City, CA

#2 Apr 17, 2009
I think Dunleavy would be a great coach for the Lakers once Phil retires.

United States

#3 Apr 17, 2009
Nah,as much as i hate to say this,but the clippers can use a coach like avery johnson,hes all about his,he dont play,and he brings toughness
frustrated clip fan

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Apr 18, 2009
@ Plus15

You put it brilliantly. The Clippers need to get a new coach, one who favors run n gun style. Baron Davis, at best, will be a decent offensive player under Dunleavy. However, he did get us to the playoffs once, so as much as it pains me to say, I'll take one more season of Dunleavy before I jump on the lakeshow bandwagon.

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#5 Apr 19, 2009
Its not the coach,in 05 06,they went to the playoffs,and it was'nt the coach then,it was the trade that messed the clippers up

De Pere, WI

#6 Apr 20, 2009
Great writeup, Ramona. Many Clipper fans have a lot of respect for your work. You didn't just spit up a bunch of stuff that you can read on any other site and you don't treat this team like their a hopeless laughing stock. You gave a fair, un-biased look into what went wrong with the Clippers' season. Not that sports should be that much of an important part of a fan's life, but there's a sense of relief in hearing the players's quotes pertaining to their dismal season. Keep up the good work!
joe demartino

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Apr 25, 2009
Is there any coach in the N.B.A. who is constantly on the floor coaching their team any more than Mike Dunleavy? It is similar to young teen-age park leagues for 10 to 12 year olds. It seems the players have completely ignored his tirades on the court. These are grown-up players, and have some self esteem. Although at times it might be necessary to coach them under certain conditions, Dunleavy's harrasing seems to go to waste as no one seems to be paying any attention. I doubt he is hardly heard by anyone on the floor. He reminds me of a little league coach with his son. He appears to have lost respect from the players. I think Mike D. is good coach for theClippers, but lighten up, and start building some of that good chemistry, or at least try. Would appreciate your comments on what is being submited.
Thank you

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