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Mike Dunleavy Sr. awarded $13 million in arbitration hearing

Jun 10, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

Mike Dunleavy AP

Well, it looks like at least one of notoriously cheap Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s cost-cutting measures has failed. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman, here’s the story:

An arbitrator has awarded former Clippers general manager and coach Mike Dunleavy slightly more than $13 million in compensation.

The Clippers had quit paying Dunleavy immediately after firing him last year, on March 8, and he was forced to take the organization to binding arbitration. He had been owed $6.75 million on the contract, $1.35 million for the remainder of the 2009-10 season and $5.4 million for the season just completed.

His case was finally heard almost two months ago before the Arbitration and Mediation Services in Santa Monica. Additional briefs were filed by both sides afterward.

Sounds like a pretty straightforward case: Sterling signed Dunleavy to a contract, and the court forced him to honor that contract. In seven seasons as the head coach of the Clippers, Dunleavy had one winning season, when the Clippers made the second round of the 2006 playoffs.

  1. purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    The look on Dunleavy’s face on the attached blog came when his photo was snapped just as he had been told that Rashard Wallace has been banging Le Bum James fiance!!!

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 10, 2011 at 8:48 PM

      Who the hell is Rashard Wallace? Do you mean Rasheed Wallace or Rashard Lewis? Seriously, is that the rumor going around? I’ve not heard that.

      • purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:05 PM

        whoops! Me bad! I was running out the door and had a brain fart.

        I meant Wizzards star Rashard Lewis! And yes, the rumor is all over the internet as well as the radio. The story was broke this morning by a Houston sport talk radio station called “The Box” (and no, I’m not making that up; you can google it).

        Of course I hope for James sake that it isn’t true (and Lewis is already publicly denying it, but if he was you think he’d come out and own up to it?); the important thing is that this is now a growing huge distraction for both James and the Heat.

        I hope that TMZ and paparazzi start hounding James and his “posse” 24 x 7 now!

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:08 PM

        That’s crazy. I hope it isn’t true either; that would just be terrible. Rashard Lewis, really? How would such a thing even happen?

      • purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:16 PM

        I don’t know where James fiance lives, but my bet is that it isn’t in or near Washington DC (where Lewis of course plays). Given the likely geographic separation between Lewis and James fiance, my guess is that it may be a rumor started by someone close to the Mavericks organization that wanted to get into James head.

        Hey, you know how the old saying goes: “All is fair in love and war”. The other thing we all know about our society is that innuendo is oftentimes much more powerful than the truth. If I were in Lewis’ shoes though and the rumors are totally unsubstantiated, I’d be more pissed off than James!

      • purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:19 PM

        Traveling NBA teams are a lot different than traveling MLB teams because they come in for only one game and then are gone, whereas in MLB a visiting team could be in town for four nights in a row, two or three times a year (division opponents).

        That’s how Mrs. Ryan Sandburg pulled train; when Ryno was on the road, visiting teams in town to play the cross town White Sox took turns banging her.

      • purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:49 PM

        Too bad that game #6 is in Dallas, because it would by HYSTERICAL to hand out Rashard Wallace cardboard face masks to everyone sitting directly behind both baskets and instruct everyone to put them on and wave everytime Le Bum goes to the free throw line!

    • bigdicktater - Jun 11, 2011 at 4:42 PM

      purduochebag: you can’t even spell the guy’s name right? No credibility. Besides, grow up!

      • purdueman - Jun 11, 2011 at 8:02 PM

        Anybody who feels compelled to use “bigdick” as part of his handle is covering up for their own insecurities and inadequacies. Sad. I would expect a teenager to use this kind of a handle as they go through puberty, and you have the nerve to tell ME to grow up boy?

        I don’t, and never will, give one happy damn about how athletes spell their names. This is a sports forum, not a spelling bee forum. Then again, a spelling bee forum is likely much more up your alley. All that matters is that everyone knows whom I’m referring to, and you obviously did so “case closed, Edith”.

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 10, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Sterling has a legitimate case for the worst owner in sports.

    • purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:06 PM

      True, but it’s still better to have an owner who doesn’t interfere with his teams operations than to have a hands on owner like Arte Moreno of the Angels who doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing, yet is constantly meddling.

      • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 10, 2011 at 11:13 PM

        I couldnt agree more about Moreno. The one big difference is his teams win, usually. Now that is directly related to the manager, but he does have a WS title. If i am not mistaken the Clips havent made it past the 2nd round in the playoffs EVER and its a HUGE deal for the Clips to even get to the playoffs.

      • purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 11:31 PM

        Arte-choke simply hasn’t given Scoscia the horses he needs to keep up with the Rangers (much less the Jones’!).

        I feel sorry for Mike, because look at some of the moves the front office has made in shaping his current roster:

        * Traded for albatross Kazmir;
        * Traded for very expensive albatross Vernon Wells as a knee jerk reaction for their failure to bargain for Beltre and Crawford this past offseason;
        * Forced Scioscia to play aging/declining Abreu regularly, which will no likely cause his $9.5M option to automatically vest (and stick Mike with), next season.
        * Initially stuck Mike with Fernando Rodney, who by now everyone but Angels GM Reagans knows is no closer (since wisely demoted from that role).
        * Failed to trade for a badly needed middle of the order bat to man either first base and/or third base (two of baseballs traditional power hitting positions).

        The Angels are about as bland of a team as their is this year in the majors and there’s so much even one of baseball’s best managers can do with this roster.

      • almzor - Jun 12, 2011 at 1:50 PM

        Really? Because I would call trash talking your starting point guard meddling. Sterling meddles plenty, and he’s usually managing to be offensively racist while he does it. Classy guy….

    • goforthanddie - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:35 PM

      I don’t know about worst owner. Worst human being who happens to own a pro team? No question.

      • purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 10:01 PM

        One of the weird things about professional sports is that everyone quickly gets to know who the bad owners are, yet they rarely seem to give a damn because they flaunt their wealth and think that they put their pants on differently than everyone else.

        Sterling’s a bad owner, Moreno a meddling owner. Like I said, I don’t know which is worse, but at least Moreno’s reputation away from the Angels is impeccable.

        Other bad owners who immediately come to mind? How about this list for starters:

        Al Davis (Raiders) – How many contracts has he failed to honor and stiffed guys on? (I’ve lost track).

        Dean Spanos (Chargers) – A poor little rich kid who was dropped on his head at birth and a carpetbagger from Stockton who’s only claim to fame is being a member of the “lucky sperm club” (inheriting the club from his rich Daddy).

        Mike Mc Caskey (Bears) – Although technically an “heir” to the aged owner, an incompetent boob despite having a degree from Harvard.

        Bill Bidwell (Arizona Cardinals) – A do nothing cheap owner who never has given a damn about the fans.

        Hank and Hal Steinbrenner – Still early, but all indications are that they are tightwads, something never associated with their old man when he owned the Yankees.

        Jeffrey Loria (Florida Marlins) – Infamous for simply pocketing MLB revenue sharing money, the worst of the bunch who clearly do and don’t reinvest the money back into their teams.

        Tom Ricketts (Cubs) – Although it’s still early, the honeymoon is over and it’s clear from Ricketts inaction to remove former inept Tribune Company management that he’s clueless.

  3. randysavage4ever - Jun 11, 2011 at 1:18 AM

    am i the only one who thinks Dunleavy would be a cool *** mid-aged white guy to play for?

    those portland teams he had were nasty…detlef, steve smith, damon, SHEED, ruben, derek a? , sabonis, pippen, they were deep…

  4. virusgvr - Jun 11, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    I’m jus hoping to be awarded a 35k a year job. I have graduated college and honorable discharge in the military. These people get 13 million for this And that. What really is the difference between 12.75 million and 13 million? It’s all the same really.

  5. rockybuddy - Jun 11, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    You want to like Sterling, but stunts like this just make you shake your head. What was he thinking that he would win against a signed contract? Just plain nuts.

  6. ezwriter69 - Jun 11, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Good luck on actually seeing any money, Mikey… the racist slumlord slimeball Sterling (Google some of the housing related court cases he lost if you think I’m being inflammatory or overly harsh, it’s plain documented fact) will have to be facing imminent incarceration before Dunleavy sees a dime… ask some of the poor bleeps who live(d) in his ghetto slum properties.

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