Mission Statement

Clippers' harsh release announcing Dunleavy's departure was to comfort unhappy fans

Updated: March 9, 2010, 11:14 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

I've seen a lot of press releases in my career. What the Clippers sent late Tuesday afternoon -- a sharp-tongued, 230-word document titled "CLIPPERS, DUNLEAVY SEVER TIES" -- was not a press release. It was a mission statement and something of an apology to season-ticket holders who paid good money to watch one of the most frustrating teams in the NBA the past couple of seasons.

Trust me, team president Andy Roeser saw each of those "Fire Dunleavy" signs floating around Staples Center ...

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