Wednesday , Jan , 23 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Clippers Soul Search

With Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling having leveled complaints at his top management — Mike Dunleavy and Elgin Baylor — the team’s players on Tuesday attempted to avoid escalating the dispute. Corey Maggette, the Clippers’ leading scorer, is at the center of the organization’s top-tier rift. Maggette and Dunleavy have had their disputes, but Tuesday Maggette came to Dunleavy’s defense.’I just can’t throw my coach under the bus, regardless of people saying I don’t like him or we don’t get 
along,’ Maggette said.

‘He’s had a hard time with the injuries. It’s always 50-50. Fifty percent (of the blame is) on us and 50% on the coach.’In the past, Dunleavy has questioned Maggette’s defensive play. And last summer Dunleavy tried to trade him for the Dallas Mavericks’ Jason Terry over concerns that Maggette would opt out of his contract and become a free agent after this season, leaving behind the final year of his contract worth $7 million. Click here for more from the Los Angeles Times.