Ok, I'm pretty exhausted as after the game as we spent a few too many hours at the Roosevelt afterwards, but this is too good to pass up. I've been watching Dunleavy's reaction to fans heckling and chants throughout the season and for the most part, the man has kept his composure. But tonight, at half time against Portland, he finally lost his cool.
One of the season ticket holder in my section is a pretty vocal guy. He's a big dude, with a deep baritone, who yells some pretty funny and sometimes derogatory things to opposing players to knock them off their game. This season, his ire has also turned to Dunleavy, Baron, Zach, or Kaman depending upon their level of ineptitude. Earlier in the season, he brought along signs and tried to lead the crowd in chants of "Pat Summit" to replace Dunleavy...which I thought was pretty funny, if you knew who Pat Summit was.
Well tonight, after a dismal second quarter, he was yelling at Dunleavy again. He wasn't the only one, as there were others yelling at Dunleavy to fire himself and of course, the now constant "Fire Dunleavy" chants reverberating in different part of the arena. But tonight, as Dunleavy was walking off the floor, he seemed more agitated than usual, and he turned to our section's human megaphone, grabbed his crotch and yelled back in very clear term to "kiss my ass." The redness in his face and his anger was palpable and made it clear that he wasn't joking around.
We thought it was amusing, though I'm sure that if this were New York and Dunleavy were Isiah, there would be an uproar about the coach cursing out his season ticket holders. I feel a bit sorry for the man though. Dealing with hecklers and unhappy fans is part of the job of being an NBA coach. But I get the feeling that the facade cracked a bit tonight. The season has been terrible and the toll is heavy for all involved...perhaps more on Dunleavy most of all. Perhaps relieving Dunleavy of his duties now would be the humane thing to do, though I doubt it will happen due to Sterling legendary miseriness. It will be an interesting off season to say the least.