Expectations too high

Mike Dunleavy is no longer the Clippers' coach because he set the standards too high

Updated: February 5, 2010, 3:29 AM ET
By Kevin Arnovitz | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Los Angeles Clippers lost the longest tenured and, by many measures, the most successful coach in the franchise's history when they relieved Mike Dunleavy of his sideline duties Thursday. Dunleavy will retain his role as the team's general manager, a title he has held since October 2008.

The most immediate grounds for Dunleavy's job pruning is the Clippers' miserable 2-6 road trip completed on Wednesday, during which they lost decisively to the NBA's two worst teams. But suggestions ...

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