NBA Roundtable

Clippers Fire Dunleavy

In General NBA on March 9, 2010 at 11:16 pm

RealGM has the press release

The Los Angeles Clippers and General Manager Mike Dunleavy today have severed ties. Dunleavy previously also served as the team’s head coach from 2003-04 until February 4, 2010, when he resigned as head coach.

The organization has determined that the goal of building a winning team is best served by making this decision at this time. The team has simply not made sufficient progress during Dunleavy’s seven-year tenure. The Clippers want to win now. This transition, in conjunction with a full commitment to dedicate unlimited resources, is designed to accomplish that objective.

Neil Olshey, presently the Clippers’ Assistant General Manager, will assume the duties created by Dunleavy’s departure. He joined the organization as Director of Player Development for the 2003-04 season. He served as an Assistant Coach in 2004-05, and was elevated to the position of Director of Player Personnel from 2005-06 through 2007-08. He assumed the role of Assistant General Manager prior to the start of the 2008-09 season.

Olshey has played an important role in the completion of several significant team transactions, including the deals which brought Marcus Camby, Craig Smith, Rasual Butler, Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw, and Drew Gooden to the Clippers, among others. He also played a integral part in administering all preparation for the Clippers’ last four NBA Drafts, which produced Al Thornton, Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan, and last year’s #1 overall pick, Blake Griffin.

Hmm … odd timing.

I thought the Clippers would have given Dunleavy a chance as the GM considering he made several good moves over the past couple of seasons + positioned the club brilliantly to make a splash this summer.

If they wanted to fire Dunleavy, why not fire him when he stepped down as head coach? Seems odd to wait.

Anyway, there isn’t much to say about this decision. Dunleavy was an unproven GM and so his successor. We’ll wait and see how Oshley does before commenting on suitability for the job.

Links — Reaction

Some added information

  • Baron Davis says Head Coach + GM need to be filled well in order to make the Clippers as attractive as possible to potential free agents this summer — link
  • Kaman liked the job Dunleavy did removing bad contracts from the team and consequently giving them a chance to acquire a max contract free agent this summer — link
  • Hoopsworld article claims that Oshley deserves most of the credit for the Clippers good personnel moves over the past few seasons — link
  • Oshley didn’t know he was about to be promoted — link
  • Boston Herald on how Oshley worked himself up the ladder — link
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