Friday, February 05, 2010

Dunleavy out as Clippers coach

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy is stepping down from that position with the team, but will remain on as general manager.

Assistant coach Kim Hughes will take over as head coach on an interim basis.

"I've come to the conclusion that this is the ideal time for me to direct my efforts toward the many personnel opportunities that lie before us, such as the trade market, the draft and the free agent process," Dunleavy said in a statement. "We fully expect to be active and productive on all those fronts."

Dunleavy had been rumored to be on the coaching hot seat in early December, when the Clippers stumbled out of the gate. But the team righted itself and he was able to hang on for another month. However, losses to the Timberwolves and the Nets last week -- which was just New Jersey's fourth win of the season -- on a key eastern road swing brought Dunleavy back to the brink.

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