Just saw this elsewhere, Dunleavy from EPincus' Media Day coverage:
"As far as I'm concerned, the indictment on me is that I may not be a very good coach when my players are injured. Give me a healthy team and fundamentally our team is going to be very sound. We'll play very good defense and we'll be very competitive."
Could not have said it any better myself.
It's always refreshing to see clear self-awareness and self-analysis like this. It does, however, raise some questions. Once you arrive at the conclusion that you're struggling or failing at your job as an undermanned coach, once your team is broken, and thus your system is no longer viable, and it's going to be that way for an entire NBA season, don't you start looking at new options?
I happen to think that it's just a conservative mindset. There's probably a fear of innovation and change in the mix too.
Reading this over, some Dunleavy haters might read a fair amount of hostility into this comment. It's not exactly apologetic. "Aren't you a bad coach? Your teams haven't won very many games?" "As far as I'm concerned, the indictment on me is that I may not be a very good coach when my players are injured." My players were injured, and so we lost games, and if you want to say that I'm a bad coach with injured players, I suppose that's fair.
But Club Optimism will take the lucky breaks like winning the lottery and will choose to read this as saying, "you know what, I'm really pretty lousy at flying by the seat of my pants and just throwing stuff out there to see if it works. I wish I could be more innovative and even radical, especially when things are really bad and virtually hopeless. I'd love to be able to entertain the fans. But I'm not Nellie. I'm not the crazy genius type. I'm the General, I just prepare the troops to fight the best I can, nothing fancy. If we don't work the system, even when we don't have the best troops, the system won't work. Sometimes I wish I could change, but in the right circumstances, I'm the guy you want. My team will be consistent, they will defend and compete, they will be prepared. And as far as coaching the Clippers is concerned, we all know that this franchise was a joke before I got here. We've had some great growth and some major setbacks, but we've had some successes too and we're on the right track. We have a great group now, we've had some luck and have made some nice deals, and if we stay healthy we can compete. It's a good mix. It's exciting. And this is what I do well, I can take a roster like this and win with it."