Clippers Hiring, but Will Anyone of Note Bite?
In a dispatch to the Los Angeles Times Roeser said that it was clear Dunleavy and the Clips weren't a long-term match, and that the team is looking for "the most flexibility as we approach this opportunity-filled off-season."
To me, that reads something like, "We were going to fire you this summer anyway, but Donald Sterling has a vacation scheduled for St. Barts in late April, so we'll go ahead and do this right now." But that's not a ringing endorsement of Olshey either -- the new GM has been a top Dunleavy deputy, considered by some to be Dunleavy's dude embedded in Elgin Baylor's old front office.
"Maximum flexibility" means going after a top free agent, sure, but it also means Roeser wants to assemble a new front office, a new coaching staff. I'm not sure exactly how Olshey, more of the same, would fit in.
The question then becomes: who on Earth that the Clippers would want would actually work for Sterling at this point? Sterling has a record of race-based discrimination in his rental holdings. Oscar Robertson has wondered publicly how any star black players can ignore Sterling's record. Players still sign with L.A., sure, and enough people around the league are desperate enough for jobs that Sterling will obviously find a GM and a coach.
But Sterling has to cause pause for those good enough to be choosy, right? I mean, if L.A. and New York can offer LeBron James the same contract, doesn't Sterling's terrible record and reputation at least get brought up during a meeting of the Four Horsemen? A Clippers source told FanHouse's Tim Povtak the team hopes to provide LeBron the opportunity to pick his own coach and GM. But unless he can pick a new owner too, I don't see this working out.
And this is to say nothing of Sterling's interpersonal skills. Like, how he didn't even tell Dunleavy he was fired Tuesday, or have anyone from the franchise let him know before the Clippers put out a press release. That's right -- Dunleavy found out he'd been fired the same time we all did: when the Clippers announced his dismissal. And Dunleavy tells the Times that when he called Sterling after the announcement, the owner didn't pick up, and didn't call back. Just unbelievable.