Mike Dunleavy still trying to get paid by Clippers, but the lawyers are making money

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mdunleavy.pngVinny Del Negro, this could be your future.

The legal battle between former coach and general manager Mike Dunleavy and the Clippers and owner Donald Sterling continues. It’s a soap opera not sexy enough for People magazine, but Courthouse News is all over it.

The Los Angeles Clippers and their owner want to stop former head coach Mike Dunleavy from arbitrating his claim that the team still owes him $6.75 million of a five-year, $22 million contract.

After seven years with the team, Dunleavy resigned as head coach this February and was fired a month later from his position as general manager.

In June he filed an arbitration claim against the NBA team and owner Donald Sterling, claiming he had been fraudulently induced into signing the employment contract.

But Sterling says an arbitrator can’t rescind the contract, as Dunleavy wants, because the former coach’s claim “is based on purported representations and promises” made “outside the scope of the employment agreement,” (original emphasis).

The best part is Sterling and the Clippers say they were fraudulently induced into signing the contract because Dunleavy knew he would not fulfill the contract. Even though the Clippers fired him.

Bottom line is Dunleavy wants to go to arbitration and Sterling wants to go to court. Sterling tends to view contracts as very black-and-white — if you’re not working for me I shouldn’t be paying you, guaranteed money be damned. Clipper coaches dating back to Bill Fitch have had to use lawyers to get their money out of the Clippers. This is just the latest in a long line, which will no doubt continue through future coaches as well.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.