Jerry West Turns Down Los Angeles Clippers Offer to Be Team's General Manager

Jerry West Doesn't Feel Like Firing Mike Dunleavy After Stealing His Job

3/24/09 in NBA   |   Brinson   |   respect

There are very few jobs in sports that are not "super fantastic and awesome." One of those is being the assistant manager of a junior varsity basketball squad. Another is being a janitor at a Division III college. And a third is being the Los Angeles Clippers General Manager.

As GM of the Clippers, one gets to enjoy the status as "second best NBA team in Los Angeles," as well as the likelihood of being a perennial loser, provided that one cannot pry any extra money from the tightly-walleted Donald Sterling.

That would probably explain why, according to sources at NBC Los Angeles, Jerry West, legend and logo of the NBA, just turned the job down. Well, that and the fact that the Clippers are a total and utter mess right now -- ahead of only Sacramento and Washington in terms of ineptness -- and they're featuring what appears to be a lame-duck coach and GM in Mike Dunleavy.

In other words, West deciding to take the gig would be an immediate indictment of Dunleavy; he would obviously be forced to relinquish his administrative duties and one might be inclined to think that West -- or whoever the other new GM will theoretically be -- would seek to retain a new coach, considering Dunleavy has stunk at his job for quite some time.

It would also mean that West, as GM, would inherit a roster that includes such famous albatrosses as Zach Randolph, Baron Davis, Marcus Camby and Ricky Davis. Granted, all are talented, but all are either troubled, saddled with a horrible contract ... or both. And you have to think that with all his worldly years behind him, West is too smart to waste what should be his golden years mired in the slump that is the Clipjoint.
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3/24/09   |   sportsblognet

Raider_Dave wrote:
Clippers will always be the second best team in LA till Kobe leaves town. worst team in California.

/corrected.

I don't know.  My warriors are pretty bad.

3/24/09   |   sportsblognet

Pat wrote:
The Clippers should seriously move back to San Diego. They don't stand a chance, as long as they're in the same city as the Lakers.

That is a great call.  San Diego would love to have a basketball team again.  The market is definitely there.

3/24/09   |   Mannywoodland

There are upsides to having an owner who doesn't give a crap.   There is some pretty decent job security.  Baylor had the job for over 20 years.

I do think the Clippers should move to Seattle

3/24/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
That and the fact that the Donald is the white devil.

Well there is that.

3/24/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Boski93 wrote:
Actually they should just move down to Orange County and play at the Honda Center, they could still have a rivalry but be far enough away to create their own identity, but they won't. Even as inept as the Clippers have been they are not leaving. The Donald loves being in West L.A. way too much and loves hanging with his cronies and looks at this team as just a money making venture nothing more. Why leave his little bubble when the money rolls in. If he cared about the product more than just the bottom line, then the Clippers would have had more success than what they have. Unless you are absolutely clueless the only way you can sustain such mediocrity is by neglect. Now the Donald is not a brilliant mind, but the man knows how to make money and he makes a ton with the Clippers doing what they do. Sure the Clippers have brief periods of success, but they can never build on that, or even care to build on it.

That and the fact that the Donald is the white devil.

3/24/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Pat wrote:
The Clippers should seriously move back to San Diego. They don't stand a chance, as long as they're in the same city as the Lakers.

Actually they should just move down to Orange County and play at the Honda Center, they could still have a rivalry but be far enough away to create their own identity, but they won't. Even as inept as the Clippers have been they are not leaving. The Donald loves being in West L.A. way too much and loves hanging with his cronies and looks at this team as just a money making venture nothing more. Why leave his little bubble when the money rolls in. If he cared about the product more than just the bottom line, then the Clippers would have had more success than what they have. Unless you are absolutely clueless the only way you can sustain such mediocrity is by neglect. Now the Donald is not a brilliant mind, but the man knows how to make money and he makes a ton with the Clippers doing what they do. Sure the Clippers have brief periods of success, but they can never build on that, or even care to build on it.

3/24/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

 run away.....run away

3/24/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

brucek863 wrote:
Clippers will always be the second best team in LA till Kobe leaves town.

Clippers will always be the second best team in LA till Kobe leaves town. worst team in California.

/corrected.

3/24/09   |   blondie45044   |   5873 respect

Thanks for the read always a pleasure to read!  Really think you all do a great job here!

3/24/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

The Clippers should seriously move back to San Diego. They don't stand a chance, as long as they're in the same city as the Lakers.

3/24/09   |   brucek863   |   50 respect

Clippers will always be the second best team in LA till Kobe leaves town.

3/24/09   |   partslady514   |   8 respect

Im glad he turned down the job.