Mike Dunleavy Is So, SO Fired (Not That You Care)

T.J. Simers scores the rarest of exclusives, a wide-ranging interview with L.A.’s most lovable slumlord and purveyor of prostitution, L.A. Clippers Owner Donald T. Sterling. Yippee!

Mike Dunleavy

Sterling immediately drops an H-bomb on Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy and fake GM Elgin Baylor, saying “I want to make L.A. fans proud of this team, but if [Baylor and Dunleavy] can’t make it happen, then I have no choice but to make changes.

Later in the piece, Sterling says Al Thornton will be a good player if “he gets some coaching.” And Corey Maggette would be a better player with “aggressive coaching.

So take one guess why Dunleavy isn’t fired already.

Sterling still owes him $17M in contractual obligations.

Baylor isn’t in the conversation, because he isn’t really the GM. He’s a figurehead. A nice P.R. piece for Sterling, who has been accused of racism in his business dealings around town. Anyone who knows anything about the Clips understands that Dunleavy makes all the player moves. And is responsible for the team’s crappy chemistry.

So what is Dunleavy’s response to Sterling’s comments? “I’m very frustrated too. But I’m also frustrated with the organization. I saw this coming, but had two deals out there that they didn’t want to do. It contributed to where we are now,” he said.

Donald Sterling Empty Seats

Sterling finishes off Simers by sounding like Charles Foster Kane: “It’s all my fault. How did I allow all those years of losing? There’s a statement, ‘Some people know how to win.’ I don’t know how to win. I know how to win at everything else, but not at sports.