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Clippers Fire General Manager Mike Dunleavy

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After Mike Dunleavy stepped down as Clippers head coach to concentrate on his general managing duties, a lot of people placed bets on the number of days before the Clippers gave him the ax. If you said 33 days, then you are correct.

In a statement released by the Clippers this afternoon:

The organization has determined that the goal of building a winning team is best served by making this decision at this time. The team has simply not made sufficient progress during Dunleavy’s seven-year tenure. The Clippers want to win now. This transition, in conjunction with a full commitment to dedicate unlimited resources, is designed to accomplish that objective.

Dunleavy was the head coach of the team since the 2003-2004 season and took them to the playoffs in the 2005-2006 season where they won their first playoff series since the 1975-1976 season when they were known as the Buffalo Braves. Dunleavy took over as general manager after hall-of-famer Elgin Baylor was ceremoniously let go in 2008.

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Assistant general manager Neil Olshey will assume the duties in Dunleavy's absence. It remains to be seen what will be done with the remaining $5.4 million on his contract that was due to expire next season.