Dumleavy now Dumb or Dumber?

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JamFan
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As the second half of the Knicks game unfolded, our intellectully challenged coach decided to sit Corey Maggette and play players who had not hit one shot the entire game. We couldn't score, so we lost. It seems Corey is sat down by the coach for some small infraction (whatever that is, is still a mystery) while other players who can not rebound or score are left in to carry the team to defeat. Corey has been one of our most consistant players. Though he is 5th in minutes played, he is 2nd in scoring and 3rd in rebounds for the Clippers. You would think that Dumleavy would look at those stats staring him in the face and come up with the fact that here is a guy we need to play. Here is a guy who can make a play and score with the game on the line. Last night he played 17 minutes hitting 2 of the only 3 shots he got. He probably might have gotten more shots except for other players who hoisted up shots without hitting any of them. Christie went 1 for 5 in 21 minutes, Q went 0 for 4, and Mobley played 30 minutes while going 0 for 5. So with one minute to go, we are down 12, you either throw in the towel, put Ewing and Singleton in the game, or you go for it with your best scorers right? Wrong, Dumleavy puts Q and Mobley back in the game even though neither one of them has hit a single shot all game long. This guy drives me crazy. He is actually one of the worst game time coaches I have ever seen.

david
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Maybe it's gotten to the point where it's Dumber or Dumberer? Wink Here are some of Maggette's comments (via the LA Times) after the game- they seem to suggest that Dunleavy isn' a great communicator:

It seems Corey Maggette's situation hasn't been resolved after all.

The veteran Clippers forward again expressed confusion about his role on the team Tuesday night after a 102-90 loss to the New York Knicks in front of 18,539 at Madison Square Garden.

Frustrated about playing only 17 minutes, Maggette criticized Coach Mike Dunleavy for leaving him on the bench for most of the second half while the Knicks overcame a 10-point halftime deficit in their third victory in four games.

The Clippers thought things were fine with Maggette after Sterling's pep talk, but another group session might be needed.

"It's just more of Dunleavy's [stuff] again," Maggette said. "I don't get it, I really don't. It's crazy. I put in work. I deserve to play.

"It's totally mind-boggling to me. [It's] unbelievable that I couldn't help this team tonight. Why? Why?"

Dunleavy declined to specifically address Maggette's comments, saying only that he had made a coach's decision.

Third on the team with an average of 5.7 rebounds, Maggette had no rebounds against the Knicks, which might have contributed to Dunleavy's decision.

That's fine, but let him know where he stands, Maggette said.

"Give me an excuse, give me something, just tell me something," Maggette said. "I'm a grown man. I can take it."

In an attempt to end trade speculation, Sterling on Jan. 20 told Maggette, Baylor and Dunleavy that he wanted Maggette to remain with the team. He left the door ajar to trade the Clippers' second-leading scorer, telling Maggette he would permit Baylor and Dunleavy to move him in a deal that might improve the team significantly.

But because of Sterling's firm stance, the price for Maggette probably would be too high for most teams before the Feb. 22 trading deadline.

"He isn't listening to Sterling," Maggette said of Dunleavy. "If he listened to him, I'd be playing.

"I really felt we were [past this]. I guess not, because here we go again. I'm a yo-yo, man."

jlemmen43
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And the thing that gets me is: Mobley told Dunleavy he would come off the bench. Maggette wants to start. Why is it the opposite???? It'd be different if we were winning most of our games, but were at .500 !!!

Q needs to start at SG, Maggette at SF. Mobley needs to come off the bench and shoot. Ross and Maggette both do the other things (like rebounding) that Mobley usually doesnt.

I just dont understand why he has these kind of options and fails to use them.

Hmmm....if it comes between Maggette or Dunleavy leaving, who do you think Sterling keeps?

jlemmen43
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I didnt think I'd be doing it, but I'm gonna be calling the coach by a different name. From now on it's Dumleavy, just like most of you guys have been calling him for a while now.

I've cut him slack because I figure he wouldnt be in this position if he knew how to coach. He does know how to coach, but not at championship level. I'm pretty convinced we'll never be succeeding at a high level with him coaching the way he does. He got rewarded with that contract extension for bringing the Clippers from Dismal to Above Average. We arent at Great or Dominant level. Are they afraid they'll never find a coach to keep them playing above average?? Maybe thats why they extended his contract.

david
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I think they extended him to get rid of that "uncertainty" that may have affected the team. But yeah it must be frustrating though for the players who want more time and aren't getting the guidance as to what they need to do to get off the pine. On the flip side, however, the coach doesn't have an obligation to keep everyone happy. Ultimately, however, it comes down to the wins and losses. We can all look at it as simply as that- and because the Clippers have struggled this season we're all encouraged to second guess the coach as much as we want Smile.

Miquel
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The whole season with this topic in the air...I'm so sick.Dumbleavy is not doing the best for the team, and I think that him as a coach is suposed to do whatever takes to upgrade the team.We are giving too much facilities to our opponents when our coach decides to bench one of our starters.I don't know how to finish this situation but if I were in LA I wouldn't doubt to cheer Gette when the Clips played in the Staples...You know, to chant something like Gette,Gette!! Smile

JamFan
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Yeah, Maggette had no rebounds against the Knicks. But he has been one of our most consistant players. If Coach sat Maggette because he didn't have a rebound despite being maybe our best rebounders per minute played, then why did he continue to play players that had not hit one single shot that night. It just shows that Dumleavy is indeed discrimating against Maggette. Last night we again continued to give significant minuts to 4 players who shot a combined 4 for 26. None of them were benched for missing 22 shots. I'm sorry, but this guy is destroying this team. He should be fired, but he won't. We are stuck with this guy for years to come. I might have to rethink JamFan's support for this team, mostly because I am not sure I can watch this guy coach for 4 more years. Watching the Clippers is supposed to be fun. But I am not having that much fun anymore.

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