Mike Dunleavy Sr.

Mike Dunleavy
Tulane Green Wave
Position Head coach
League American Athletic Conference
Personal information
Born (1954-03-21) March 21, 1954
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Nazareth Regional
(Brooklyn, New York)
College South Carolina (1972–1976)
NBA draft 1976 / Round: 6 / Pick: 99th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 1976–1985, 1988–1990
Position Shooting guard
Number 10, 31
Coaching career 1988–2010, 2016–present
Career history
As player:
19761977 Philadelphia 76ers
1978 Carolina Lightning
19781982 Houston Rockets
1982–1983 San Antonio Spurs
Milwaukee Bucks
As coach:
19881990 Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
19901992 Los Angeles Lakers
19921996 Milwaukee Bucks
19972001 Portland Trail Blazers
20032010 Los Angeles Clippers
2016–present Tulane
Career highlights and awards

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points 3,496 (8.0 ppg)
Rebounds 689 (1.6 rpg)
Assists 1,723 (3.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Michael Joseph Dunleavy Sr. (born March 21, 1954) is an American retired professional basketball player, head coach, and former general manager of the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Clippers. He is currently the head coach of the Tulane University men's basketball team. Dunleavy is the father of professional basketball player Mike Dunleavy Jr, who now plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Early life

Dunleavy was born in Brooklyn, New York. His primary education was at Holy Cross. He attended Nazareth Regional High School in Brooklyn, then graduated from the University of South Carolina, where he played under coach Frank McGuire. Drafted in the sixth round of the 1976 NBA Draft with the 99th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers, the 6'3" guard played for them for one full season along with Hall-of-Fame teammate Julius Erving and made the Finals in a losing effort against the Portland Trail Blazers. Dunleavy then split the following season between Philadelphia and the Houston Rockets after being traded, and soon made the Finals once again, but yet again his team lost, this time to the Boston Celtics, led by Larry Bird.

Playing career

Dunleavy remained in Texas after leaving Houston for the 1982–83 season, because he spent that season with the neighboring San Antonio Spurs. After two following seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks he retired due to chronic back pain. His best season as a player was with Houston in 1980–81, when he averaged 10.5 points per game and started on a team that played in the NBA Finals.

During his retirement, Dunleavy worked in an investment firm. In 1988–89 and 1989–90, while an assistant coach with the Bucks, he helped as a player for two and five games respectively. In 438 games he averaged 8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists.

Coaching career

He entered his first head coaching job in 1990 as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, replacing Pat Riley. In 1991 his team, led by Magic Johnson and Vlade Divac, beat the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals and he led his team to the NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls but they lost in five games. He made the playoffs in his second season in Los Angeles, but lost in the first round. He then joined the Milwaukee Bucks as head coach prior to the 1992–93 season and remained with them until the end of the 1995–96 season, in a dual role as vice-president of basketball operations and head coach. He relinquished his head coaching duties after a mediocre tenure to operate as the general manager, until accepting the job of head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers in 1997.

Dunleavy was named NBA Coach of the Year in 1999 while with the Blazers. He remained in Portland until the end of the 2000-2001 season, when he was fired. He made the playoffs four times with the team.

He joined the Clippers in 2003. Dunleavy led the Clippers to the second round of the playoffs, their first playoff berth since 1997, and to the franchise's first series win since a 1977 first-round victory while the team was still playing in Buffalo. The Clippers finished 40-42 in 2006-07, out of the playoffs after a season-ending slump brought on by injury. He also worked for TNT in 2008, calling NBA playoff games.

On February 4, 2010, Dunleavy stepped down from his duties as the Clippers' coach.[1] He retained his position as general manager, with Kim Hughes, who had worked as Dunleavy's assistant for seven seasons, becoming interim head coach for the remainder of the 2009-10 season. On March 9, 2010, the Clippers fired Dunleavy as General Manager.[2][3] The Clippers accused Dunleavy of defrauding the team, and he sued the club for money owed on the remainder of his contract. An arbitrator ordered the Clippers pay Dunleavy $13 million in 2011.[4]

On March 28, 2016, Tulane University announced Dunleavy as the coach of the men's basketball team.[5] This marks Dunleavy's first job as a college coach.[6]

Personal life

Dunleavy has three sons: Mike Jr., who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA, Baker, an assistant head coach at Villanova University, and James, an NBA player agent.[7]

Head coaching record


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L WL% Finish PG PW PL PWL% Result
L.A. Lakers 1990–91 825824.7072nd in Pacific19127.632 Lost in NBA Finals
L.A. Lakers 1991–92 824339.5246th in Pacific413.250 Lost in First Round
Milwaukee 1992–93 822854.3217th in Central Missed Playoffs
Milwaukee 1993–94 822062.2446th in Central Missed Playoffs
Milwaukee 1994–95 823448.4156th in Central Missed Playoffs
Milwaukee 1995–96 822557.3057th in Central Missed Playoffs
Portland 1997–98 824636.5614th in Pacific413.250 Lost in First Round
Portland 1998–99 503515.7001st in Pacific1376.538 Lost in Conf. Finals
Portland 1999–00 825923.7202nd in Pacific16106.625 Lost in Conf. Finals
Portland 2000–01 825032.6104th in Pacific303.000 Lost in First Round
L.A. Clippers 2003–04 822854.3417th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
L.A. Clippers 2004–05 823745.4513rd in Pacific Missed Playoffs
L.A. Clippers 2005–06 824735.5732nd in Pacific1275.583 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
L.A. Clippers 2006–07 824042.4884th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
L.A. Clippers 2007–08 822359.2805th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
L.A. Clippers 2008–09 821963.2314th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
L.A. Clippers 2009–10 492128.429(resigned)
Career 1329613716.461 713833.535


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Tulane Green Wave (The American) (2016–present)
2016–17 Tulane 0–0 0–0
South Carolina: 0–0 (–) 0–0 (–)
Total: 0–0 (–)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/breakingnews100204.html
  2. "Dunleavy out as GM of Clippers". ESPN. 03/10/2010. Retrieved March 10, 2010. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ""Expectations too high," Kevin Arnovitz". ESPN. 03/10/2010. Retrieved March 10, 2010. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. Fenno, Nathan (April 26, 2014). "Elgin Baylor lawsuit among Donald Sterling's past racial issues". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on April 27, 2014.
  5. "Tulane officially announces the hiring of Mike Dunleavy". NOLA.com. 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  6. "Dunleavy becomes college coach for first time". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  7. "Sources: Dunleavy reaches deal to coach Tulane". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
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