1991 Fleer Mike Dunleavy Promo card
LA Lakers Basketball
He entered his first head coaching job in 1990 as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. That season, 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 LA but, after feeling pressure from management, decide to take another job offer. He joined the Milwaukee Bucks as head coach prior to the 1992-1993 season and remained with them until the end of the 1995-1996 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 team, but lack of playoff success and frequent off-court incidents by players caused his dismissal. He joined the Clippers in 2003. Dunleavy was a candidate for the 2006 Coach of the Year (did not win, the award went to Avery Johnson) and led the Clippers to the second round of the playoffs. It was their first playoff berth since 1997, and 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 has done work for TNT in 2008, calling NBA playoff games.