Sources close to Jerry West told KNBC that the Hall of Famer has been approached by the Clippers about becoming the team’s next General Manager. The legendary Laker said thanks, but no thanks.
This clearly validates a report in the Boston Globe that the Clippers are considering removing Mike Dunleavy as GM at season’s end. Dunleavy is currently both the GM and Coach of the Clippers, a 17-54 team mired in a dreadful season.
Sources say that West has no interest in the Clipper job. The team is reportedly interested in former Heat GM and ex-Lakers Coach Randy Pfund…
I tend to judge an organization by its discretion. A quasi-public search for a job that isn’t officially vacant reflects poorly on a franchise and, in turn, makes it harder to attract the kind of talent that can improve that franchise. If Mike Dunleavy is out as General Manager, then officiate that process accordingly. Don’t start whispering to luminaries that the job is theirs if they want it. This isn’t about preserving Mike Dunleavy’s dignity. It’s about making a personnel decision in an intelligent, professional manner — if only once.