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