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Report: Lakers interviewed Mike Dunleavy

May 21, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

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Mike Dunleavy isn’t your typical hot coaching candidate. He hasn’t coached in four years, hasn’t had a winning record in eight years and has a career losing record in 16 seasons.

Yet, the Knicks and Lakers are reportedly interested, and talks with Los Angeles are advancing.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Dunleavy encapsulates the retread label. He’s 60, bringing a perception that he has little room to grow, and his previous level of coaching wasn’t that high.

Maybe the Lakers see something in him. There’s no harm in talking to him.

But Dunleavy probably isn’t the answer in Los Angeles. He’d provide a false sense of security and little else.

It’s too early to stress Dunleavy. The Lakers search will likely be wide, and I expect Dunleavy to be only one interview of many.

  1. spursareold - May 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Dunleavy is the perfect ‘caretaker’ coach to usher out the Kobe era with competence and no drama.

    • sportsfan18 - May 21, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      sad isn’t…?

      The PROUD Lakers organization might have to turn to a caretaker coach for a few seasons…

      But then again, they aren’t going to be any good this coming season and Kobe (while having a GREAT career, hat tip to him) IS on his last legs… and that is NOT a slap at him as Father Time is undefeated…

      So Kobe, at THIS stage in his career, is no longer able to lead a team to a championship and the Lakers don’t and won’t have the players necessary to really compete at a high level next season so hiring a “caretaker” coach is just the thing they need…

  2. sportsfan18 - May 21, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    I like how the Lakers fans are stubborn and not realistic when it comes to their team…

    The Lakers Organization interviewed and hired Mike Brown…

    The Lakers Organization interviewed and hired Mike D’Antoni…

    What makes anyone think all of a sudden they are going to hit a home run with this hire?

    • aboogy123456 - May 21, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      Nothing. But it’s hard to find a good coach in today’s league, so you gotta keep trying. I think Dunleavy is a good candidate, but that’s all he is right now, a candidate.

    • duhwighthoward - May 21, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      I can tell you why they might hire Dunleavy. They were disappointed with getting the 7th pick, and want to draft higher next time.

  3. azarkhan - May 21, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Dunleavy coached the Lakers to the Finals in 1991 and was named Coach of the Year in 1999 while coaching the Trail Blazers, so he’s not exactly chopped liver as the article above would lead you to believe. The losing record? He spent 11 years coaching the Bucks and the Clippers. Nuff said.

  4. bhunter1995 - May 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Can we get George Karl please? At least make a push for him, when he was in the league he was the #3 coach behind Pop and Rivers, Karl is great with young up tempo teams and knows how to develop talent, he is what the Lakers need.

  5. cantonbound13 - May 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    He looks like a divorce attorney in Boca Raton, Fl.

  6. thevikesarebest - May 21, 2014 at 4:57 PM


  7. emdawt - May 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    After pulling off the deal of the century for Chris Paul, the Lakers have had horrible luck. They got Dwight but then bungled every decision to keep him.

    I hope the Lakers have a long term goal but it doesn’t look like it. They need a point guard so trade down with the Sixers for the 10th pick and grab Thad Young and Zach Lavine. Not sold on Vonleh, Randle or Gordon as the Lakers cornerstone.

    Lavine can take over the reins for the next dynasty.

    • spursareold - May 21, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      Zach Levine isn’t a PG, OR a cornerstone, either. Pick the best player available, and hope for better next year in the lottery.

      • emdawt - May 21, 2014 at 7:15 PM


        PGs taken in the lottery during the last 4 years (not including 2013): Damian Lillard, Kendall Marshall, Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight, Kemba Walker, Jimmer Fredette, John Wall, Ricky Rubio, Jonny Flynn, Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, and D. J. Augustin.

        Pretty good list of players to build on.

  8. smoothaswilkes - May 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Relax, everyone. This interview is rather meaningless on a number of levels. The Lakers had to start somewhere in search of a coach and it was with Dunleavy, who unfortunately is just another “Mike”.

    You’d be fool to think that Mike D. gets the job. I imagine he still lives in LA and that this was a cursory interview.

    Nothing to see, please keep moving along.

    • duhwighthoward - May 21, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      the “just another Mike” comment – I don’t know if this is meant to be a joke or what, but countless others have posted the same lame comment in various posts this week.

      Why don’t you give it a rest?

  9. dablakdrphil - May 21, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    I thought I said the Lakers need to stop interviewing coaches that 1st name start with “Mike”. The last 2 Mike’s haven’t been all that impressive, just wasting their time with Dunleavy

  10. essfjay - May 21, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    oh how the mighty have fallen. enjoy your poverty coaches and being a sub par team till kobe retires..

  11. davecotuit - May 22, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    oh yes, Lakers, please hire Dunleavey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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