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Mike Dunleavy Gets A Promotion

The former Blue Devil is making his mark with the Golden State Warriors

Minnesota Timberwolves v Golden State Warriors
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - January 25: President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Bob Myers and Assistant General Manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. look on before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 25, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California.
Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

It’s striking how many former Duke players have made basketball a career after their playing days have ended. Quin Snyder is coaching, Chip Engelland is a shooting coach (and JJ Redick should be), while Danny Ferry, Elton Brand, Trajan Langdon either were or are league execs. Shane Battier is respected enough to do whatever he might want to do.

And then there’s his old roommate, Mike Dunleavy.

After his playing days ended, Dunleavy did some scouting and then started to work his way up with the Warriors. Until recently he was an Assistant General Manager but he’s not anymore.

Now he’s Vice President of Basketball Operations. He’s got a keen mind for the game and a lifetime of experiences that most people could only dream of, having been a ballboy for the Lakers where Magic Johnson said that he was destined for the league.

He surely meant as a player but it should come as no surprise that Dunleavy is about one move away from being somebody’s GM. It won’t be long now.