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Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-03-03

Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-03-03
Wearing two hats, as team general manager and head coach, apparently is not a burden for the Clippers' Mike Dunleavy, who said recently that he spends only five to 10 percent of the time dwelling on team business outside of coaching.

Because of that, Dunleavy acknowledges that he does not have a thorough knowledge of the top prospects coming out in this year's NBA draft.

But that will change soon. Dunleavy not only will study the reports he gets from the Clippers' scouting department, he also will view tape and, time permitting, watch the NCAA Tournament games.

In terms of the draft, Dunleavy said it appears that overall this year's draft is weaker than last year's, which had a bevy of talented players. The Clippers tapped into that gold mine with the selection of guard Eric Gordon at the seventh overall pick. Gordon is a strong candidate to be a first-team all-rookie pick.

With the Clippers heading back to the draft lottery once again, the odds are great that they will get another top-10 pick. But Dunleavy said that if the Clippers can avoid the plethora of injuries that have plagued the team this season, the player that they draft this year will have trouble breaking into the rotation next season.

That does not even take into consideration the Clippers adding a veteran player or two via this summer's free agency shopping spree.

For Dunleavy to have continued employment with the Clippers, however, it is essential that he immediately turn around the team's fortunes at the start of next season.

Sources close to the team revealed that team president Andy Roeser met recently with 100 or so season-ticket holders who implored Roeser to fire Dunleavy, who still has another two years remaining on the four-year, $22 million contract extension he signed during the 2007-08 season. In the aftermath of the meeting, the Clippers won their most significant game of the season when they defeated the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics.

The euphoria did not last long. The Clippers promptly dropped consecutive games to the Sacramento Kings and the Charlotte Bobcats.

SPURS 106, CLIPPERS 78: The most excitement the Clippers generated all night was a 62-foot, buzzer-beating shot at the end of the first quarter by guard Fred Jones. Otherwise, the Spurs continued their dominance of the Clippers. A 3-point shooting barrage in the third quarter turned the game into a rout. The Clippers have lost 10 straight games to San Antonio and the Spurs have beaten the Clippers in 18 of the teams' last 19 meetings.

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Added: March 3, 2009


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