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Larry Brown says he's staying put in Charlotte

Larry-brown_300 Larry Brown apparently won't be returning to the Clippers this offseason.

He won't be returning to the 76ers either. Nor will he be adding to his resume of an NBA-record nine head coaching jobs.

Brown insisted Wednesday that his current head coaching job with the Charlotte Bobcats will be his last one.

"I'm not going to coach for anyone else," Brown said of Bobcats owner Michael Jordan, who hired Brown after the coach spent two years out of the NBA following one disastrous year with the New York Knicks.

The Clippers parted ways with Coach Mike Dunleavy in February, and interim head coach Kim Hughes has gone 7-25 with the team, all of which has led to speculation involving Brown, including a possible reunion between the Hall of Fame coach and the Clippers, a team he coached for 1 1/2 seasons in the early 1990s.

But Brown tried to put all the rumors to rest. "I can't remember having any more fun as a coach," Brown said of his current role with the Bobcats.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Larry Brown coaches the Bobcats against the Nets on Monday. Credit: Bill Kostroun / Associated Press.

Clippers' update: Mike Dunleavy speaks

Mike Spoke to former Clipper General Manager Mike Dunleavy shortly before 11 p.m. about his ouster earlier in the day and he was stunned by the development.

Dunleavy, who had dinner with Clippers owner Donald Sterling last week, said he did not first hear the news from the team, only learning of his dismissal when he turned his cellphone on, getting it out of the locker at his club.

“I’m kind of surprised like everyone else,” he said in a telephone interview. “I found out being on the Internet and people calling me, saying, ‘Mike, what’s going on?’ I said, ‘I have no idea what you are talking about.’ I tried Mr. Sterling and left him a message.

“…That’s the story.”

The Clippers said they tried to reach Dunleavy late in the afternoon.      

Dunleavy did not sense anything was amiss when he had dinner with Sterling and thought it was very positive as they discussed the upcoming big summer of free agency and the franchise's plans. He said Sterling always told him that they would sit down and talk if the team ever planned on making a move to revamp the front office.

He said he "appreciated the opportunity that was here," and talked about wanting to complete the job in Los Angeles, the injuries the last several seasons and the strong financial position of the Clippers going forward this summer, getting the payroll down from $69 million last season to $55 million after the trade deadline.

-- Lisa Dillman

Photo: Mike Dunleavy walks the sidelines during a game between the Clippers and Atlanta Hawks on Feb. 3. Credit: Gregory Smith / Associated Press

Dunleavy exits the Clippers

The Clippers announced Tuesday afternoon that General Manager Mike Dunleavy and the team have "severed ties."

Dunleavy stepped down as Clippers coach last month but said he wanted to remain as their GM. His contract with the team was through next season.

Neil Olshey, the Clippers' assistant GM, will take over Dunleavy's duties.

More details to come on latimes.com/sports.

-- Barry Stavro

Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy says win over Lakers is just one more victory

Clips The Clippers made a point at practice today of not basking in the warmth of having beaten the Lakers for the first time in more than 2 1/2 years.

Although the Clippers defeated the reigning NBA champions, 102-91, at Staples Center on Wednesday night, the Clippers remain two games under .500 as they prepare for a home game against the Miami Heat on Sunday. Still, the Clippers have won three consecutive games.

"If we feel any bit good about ourselves, about being around L.A. and listening to people tell you, 'Wow, you guys beat the Lakers, you're great,' that is not accurate," Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy said.

"We beat the Lakers, and that was good; we are not great," he said. "We're still a team that's fighting to get to where we need to be."

And forward Craig Smith, who scored key points off the bench to help lift the Clippers over the Lakers, said it was crucial for the Clippers to build on that victory. "We really can't afford to come off these big wins and fall back with a tough loss," he said.

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Craig Smith of the Clippers battles for a rebound with the Lakers' Kobe Bryant in the Clippers' 102-91 victory at Staples Center on Wednesday night. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images.

Mike Dunleavy is back coaching the Clippers after injury

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Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy was back managing the NBA team's practice today after getting treatment for pain in his lower back that forced him to miss the Clippers' last game.

"I went to the hospital yesterday at 8 a.m. and had an epidural," said Dunleavy, 55, who aggravated a herniated disk in his back after a hard sneeze. "So we'll see how it goes.

"I’ve been having problems with my leg going numb the last couple of weeks, and I had an MRI last week that showed I had a bulging disc," he said. "I had a cold as well" and the sneeze "just hit me the wrong way, threw it out. [I] went down on my knees, like someone stuck a knife in you."

As he walked gingerly on the practice court at the Clippers' training facility in Playa Vista, Dunleavy said, "I feel OK, but I'm not going to be doing any dancing any time soon."

He watched on television as the Clippers beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 104-88, at Staples Center on Thursday, with assistant coach Tony Brown running the team. The Clippers' next game is Monday night, also at home, against the Portland Trail Blazers.

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy reacts during the team's loss to the Suns in Phoenix on Christmas Day. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas / US Presswire

Clippers' Baron Davis misses Saturday's practice

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After today's film session and walk-through, Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy said he instructed starting point guard Baron Davis to miss the rest of practice because he had an upset stomach despite taking antibiotics.

When asked if Davis would play in Sunday's game against the San Antonio Spurs, Dunleavy said, "I think so."

Dunleavy declined to share any contingency plans in case Davis' illness would result in him sitting out or at least having decreased minutes.

"It depends on how he feels and if he feels like he has enough energy to play or not," Dunleavy said of Davis, who is third on the team in scoring with an average of 16 points per game in 33.5 minutes. "A lot of times, guys who don’t feel well play a great game."

Stay tuned at latimes.com/sports for more Clippers coverage.

-- Mark Medina

Photo: Clippers point guard Baron Davis looks to make a pass around Magic guard Anthony Johnson during the first half Tuesday night. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez / US Presswire

Clippers' Blake Griffin awaiting CT scan

Blake_240 It remains unclear when Clippers forward Blake Griffin will get a CT scan, the next required step he has to take in his recovery from a stress fracture in his left knee that has kept him sidelined for all 21 games.

Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy estimated on Dec. 2 before a loss to the Houston Rockets that Griffin would receive X-rays in 10 days. After Friday's practice, Dunleavy said that isn't the case.

"I think I heard the 16th or 18th, something like that. But I'm not sure," he said. "Don't ask me. Ask the trainers. Ask the medic people. They tell me."

A Clippers spokesman said a date hasn't been set for Griffin's CT scan, which would determine how well he's recovered. A team spokesman also said Griffin hasn't had an MRI since the original diagnosis. The team did not make Griffin available to the media following today's practice.

Griffin initially was expected to miss at least the first six weeks of the season, which began six weeks and three days ago.  Dunleavy says Griffin hasn't experienced any setbacks, however, during his recovery process.

"Every test he’s been through has been positive," Dunleavy said. "The CT scan is major radiation. You don’t want to expose the kid to more than one of those. They’re picking the right date."

Griffin has been present at most practices, including today's, and has been limited to elliptical and swimming workouts, stretching and shooting without jumping. Dunleavy says Griffin, who's known for his workaholic tendencies, hasn't tried expediting his recovery.

"He hadn’t overdone it," Dunleavy said. "It was a clearly prescribed deal. Even early on, I don’t think there was something he wasn’t allowed to do. He’s been great. He totally understands what he’s supposed to do and he’s been doing it."

Look for more Clippers coverage at latimes.com/sports.

-- Mark Medina

Photo: Blake Griffin. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images.

Clippers gearing up for long week ahead

It's the calm before the storm.

The Clippers have already played their only game this week --a 97-86 loss Tuesday to the Orlando Magic -- but they will play their longest stretch of games all season starting next week.

The Clippers (9-12) begin with a back-to-back Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs and Monday against the Washington Wizards, followed by a six-game road trip that ends on Christmas Day against the Phoenix Suns.

That's five games total next week, and Clippers forward Al Thornton says the team thinks this week's schedule will help them rest up before the long trip.

"Some guys are dinged up and trying to get healthy," he said. "If you have little injuries, you can get back healthy and get through this. It’s going to be an important week for us."

After the team had a day off Wednesday, today's practice mostly consisted of full-court scrimmages.

Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy says the road preparation on the road will be much different.

"There’s not going to be a lot of physical work," he said. "It’s more mental and film preparation."

With the Clippers having plenty of time to prepare for the string of games, Thornton says the team can't worry about fatigue.

"Just bringing that energy each and every night knowing that other teams are going through it as well -- I  don’t think you can use that as an excuse," he said. "Of course, you’re going to be tired, but you have to find a way."

Visit latimes.com/sports later in the day for more Clippers coverage.

-- Mark Medina

Clippers' Eric Gordon remains questionable for Saturday's game against Indiana

Eric Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy said after today's practice that the status of Eric Gordon remains questionable for Saturday's game against the Indiana Pacers because of a strained left hamstring that sidelined the guard in Wednesday's 102-85 loss to the Houston Rockets. Gordon had also missed eight consecutive games this season because of a strained groin.

Gordon participated in running drills, but he abstained from any contact drills. He stayed after practice for 20 minutes to work on his shooting.

"I think there is a chance," he said about playing against Indiana. "We’ll see after tomorrow’s practice. If I practice the whole time, then without a doubt I’m playing."

Gordon had just returned last week from his groin injury, but his hamstring tightened up Sunday in the final minutes of a come-from-behind win against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Clippers have missed Gordon's perimeter shooting and play-making abilities as well as his 18.1 points-per-game average.

The Clippers will soon find out if they'll miss his presence again.

"I play hard defensively and offensively, so I need to be real active," Gordon said. "That’s what I need in practice tomorrow."

Look for more coverage later from Clippers practice at latimes.com/sports

-- Mark Medina

Photo: Eric Gordon, center, goes up for a basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Nov. 2. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Associated Press

Clippers beat Grizzlies, 98-88, with late rally

The Clippers ignited a fourth-quarter rally to overcome a 20-point deficit and beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 98-88, today at Staples Center, earning Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy his 600th career win.

It was the Clippers’ fourth win in their last five games.

Stay tuned to latimes.com/sports for full details.

-- Jim Peltz

Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy wants a chance to coach a complete lineup

With the Clippers sputtering to a 4-9 record and losing three of their last four games against teams not exactly among the NBA's elite, the chatter regarding the job security of Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy has been inevitable.

Clipperslogo Though Dunleavy had maintained his team would be able to absorb injuries better this season because of the organization's off-season moves that included landing No. 1 draft pick Blake Griffin, Sebastian Telfair, Craig Smith and Rasual Butler, Dunleavy says the team's current injuries are too large to ignore.

Dunleavy's main argument for keeping his job entailed giving him a chance to coach a complete lineup, which is without Griffin (stress fracture in left knee), Eric Gordon (strained left groin), Kareem Rush (season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee) and Marcus Camby (lower-back bruise.

"When's the last time you ever saw an interim coach come in and the team be successful and make a playoff run?" Dunleavy said after Thursday's practice. "It's not happening. Nobody knows these guys better than I know them. Give a coach a chance to coach Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin. After that, fine. Let the chips fall where they may. Other than that, you just fall to pressure."

"I understand fans," Dunleavy continued. "I don't blame fans. They're not technically a lot of times savvy. They don't understand and they don't weigh issues the way that you weigh them. They know wins and losses. We've had an awful run with this, but my track record is I have not lost with my players. I have lost without my players, but I haven't lost with my players. From an ownership standpoint, I know there's always a lot of pressure. I'll live with whatever decision our owner makes. I'll live by it.

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