Thursday , Jan , 24 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

A Truce Called in Los Angeles Clippers Oranization?

Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy retreated from his verbal attacks on Donald T.Sterling on Wednesday, while the owner denied a request to be interviewed through a spokesman.The coach said he and Sterling had a phone conversation on Wednesday afternoon and that they are trying to put their verbal altercation behind them. ‘Basically, he said he’s a long-term guy and he believes in me and has confidence in me,’ Dunleavy said. ‘And I feel the same way about him. That’s why I took the job.

We were both frustrated because of the losses, particularly after an afternoon game.’ Sterling had criticized Dunleavy and general manager Elgin Baylor following the Clippers’ blowout loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday afternoon. In a rare interview, the owner said in the Los Angeles Times, ‘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.’ That comment had a lot of shock value because Baylor has been with the Clippers for 22 years and Dunleavy is in the first year of a four-year, $22 million deal. Click here for more from the Los Angeles Daily News.