Mike Dunleavy: ‘We’re Not Gonna Mess This One Up’

May 25, 2009 – 9:17 am by Tas Melas

The Clippers bombed last season.  Almost everything they touched imploded in their face.  Baron Davis’ monster signing, Chris Kaman’s injury, acquiring the wild and crazy contract of Zach Randolph, acquiring the far less crazy contract of Marcus Camby… It goes on and on.  Mike Dunleavy has been Head Coach of this franchise for six seasons and only once have they played in the most important season.  When talking about the Clippers, one out of six ain’t bad.  They had the name power to do it again last season but chemistry, effort, and clashes in regards to style of play were the norm.  So, when the Clippers were lucky enough to acquire the #1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, many critics assumed they would find a way to screw it up.  Well, Mike Dunleavy is here to tell you that it won’t happen, and he brings up a good point about the assumed #1 pick, Blake Griffin, gelling along well with point guard, Baron Davis.  Dunleavy joined Tirico & Van Pelt to discuss Griffin’s NBA position, the piercing words of Jon Barry, and why his team flubbed in ’08-’09.

On Blake Griffin’s skill set:

“Clearly, the thing that stands out above everybody else is how quick he is and how explosive is.  The ideal thing is to play an up tempo, up and down game, and advance the ball to him and let him attack the rim.  That clearly is an advantage he has over every four he’ll have to play but I wouldn’t rule out his ability to play and be versatile as a big three as well.  Again, because of his size and quickness, I think he’s gonna be quicker than a lot of threes even… I think the cameras shown on him once the pick was announced, he didn’t look like a guy who didn’t wanna come to LA.”

Why did the team take such a step back last season?

“One of the biggest things for us last year was that we had 13 new players on our team and it wasn’t really by design, it was just kinda the way things happened.  That’s insurmountable as far as trying to get a system in, it’s a really tough thing to do.  Particularly, it’s not like a new coach coming in with 13 guys that’s seen them play together, these are 13 guys with 13 different teams and systems, etcetera.”

What do you say to all the skeptics that say it’s the Clippers, they’ll screw it up:

“I think people are referring to things that have happened in the past about the Clippers.  I take great offense to my ex-player Jon Barry saying, ‘The Clippers will find a way to mess this one up.’  I’ll put my money down in Vegas that we don’t.”

Listen to Mike Dunleavy on Tirico and Van Pelt (Interview starts at 12:15)

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  1. 5 Responses to “Mike Dunleavy: ‘We’re Not Gonna Mess This One Up’”

  2. You’d better not mess this one up, Dunleavy, or you will be run out of town with pitchforks! Passing on future all-star Danny Granger (who we ALL knew was gonna be good – except YOU!) for that Russian chump, Korobust, was bad enough and the Clippers are still paying the price for your silly infatuation. Messing up the most sure fire thing to ever fall into the Clippers’ lap, i.e. Blake Griffin, would be truly unforgivable! Do NOT F this one up, old man! Blake Griffin is your LAST chance at redemption.

    By Chris, L.A. on May 26, 2009

  3. settle down chris. you blame dunleavy for granger, but compare to the epitome of dumb GM mr. baylor, mike dunleavy is a pure genius (although it’s not too hard to beat out elgin.) it was mr. baylor who drafted bo kimble, terry dehere, mike olawakandi, danny ferry and joe wolf. who’s the worse GM? hands down elgin baylor.

    having said all that, if dunleavy trades this pick, i will join you with my own pitchfork!

    By mike on May 26, 2009

  4. I don’t get it. How do you “screw this up?” There’s no brain-work or decision making involved. And these rumors (started by OKC fans no doubt) that the Clips might take Rubio is laughable. I guess they missed Andy Rosener’s custom jacket on lottery night with Griffin’s number 23 stitched on the inside.

    By SeanO on May 26, 2009

  5. You cant blame eb for the danny ferry thing we got some ball players for that like ron harper and got rid of mike cage.The russian thing is just horrible or passing up on amare for cris wilcox then drafting melven ely when they should of gotten somebody else.But if they trade this pick for ricky rubio i will piss on his car and burn all is horrible blazers.There’s no reason to pass on a proven college star most of them turn out to be good or all stars like joe smith with the bo kimble being an exception he was a beast but that might of been because he partner in crime was a monster (hank gathers)All clipper fans felt burned by elton heres our chance to make up for stanley roberts and elmore spencer and benoit benjermain darrius miles etc here’s our chance to get a non injury prone danny manning our only draft pick that turned out to be an all star.

    By bj on May 27, 2009

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