Clippers extend Dunleavy’s contract
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Clippers have reached
an agreement with head coach Mike Dunleavy on a multi-year contract that
begins at the start of the 2007-08 season.
Clippers Vice President of Basketball Operations, Elgin Baylor, announced the
extension on Tuesday. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
“Mike Dunleavy has proven that he is an outstanding basketball coach,” said
Baylor. “Mike has already experienced a lot of success with the Clippers, and
there is no doubt in my mind that he is the right person to continue to lead
this team in the future.”
Dunleavy, 52, ranks second on the Clippers all-time list for coaching
victories and is ninth amongst active NBA coaches. He has increased the team’s
win total each year since he took over in 2003, and last season, guided Los
Angeles to 47 wins and its first playoff appearance in nine seasons.
The 1999 Coach of the Year while with Portland, Dunleavy and his Clippers were
within one game of the Western Conference Finals before dropping Game 7 to the
Dunleavy, who has also coached the Lakers and Milwaukee, is 516-531 in his
coaching career, which includes a 6-7 mark so far this season. He is the
third all-time leading scorer in University of South Carolina history and also
spent 11 years in the NBA as a player.