Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby revgen on Tue May 21, 2013 1:02 pm

Clippers parting ways with coach Vinny Del Negro


By Broderick Turner

May 21, 2013, 12:18 p.m.

Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said “yes” in a text message when asked if he and the team had parted ways on Tuesday.

In his typical deliberate fashion, Clippers owner Donald Sterling waited until almost three weeks after the season was over to inform Del Negro that the team wasn’t going to give him a contract extension.

After the Clippers lost in the Western Conference first-round playoffs to the Memphis Grizzlies, Sterling was unhappy with his coaching staff and decided to make the change.

The Clippers’ front office gave Sterling a large list of potential candidates so that the team could immediately begin the search for a new coach, according to NBA executives who said they weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The Clippers had said after the season that Chris Paul and Blake Griffin would be consulted on a process for hiring a new coach.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer are the top candidates, one executive said.

Former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry and Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw are being considered as well, another executive said.

ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy also is said to be a candidate.

Atlanta Coach Larry Drew, whose job status with the Hawks remains uncertain, is interested in the Clippers’ job, several executives said.

Scott coached Paul in his first three-plus seasons in the NBA with the Hornets.

Malone was an assistant coach under Hornets Coach Monty Williams when Paul played in New Orleans.

Gentry, who has interviewed for the head-coach opening with the Charlotte Bobcats, coached the Clippers for two-plus seasons until he was fired after posting a 19-39 record during the 2002-2003 season.

Del Negro's contract expires at the end of June.


While I think Del Negro is not a good coach, I put more of the blame on the players for the 1st round exit than the coach. Especially Griffin and Jordan. However, getting rid of Del Negro is a good step in the right direction.
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby TIME on Tue May 21, 2013 1:36 pm

You know who would be a great fit for the Clips...

starts with a P and rhymes with Jingles.
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby Doc Brown on Tue May 21, 2013 1:39 pm

Agreed Rev. Blake and Jordan are two of the most overrated bigs in the game today. You don't dunk in the playoffs or throw alley oops at the same rate as the regular season and they will get exposed year after year for what they are....

Athletic JaVale McGee's.
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby Rooscooter on Tue May 21, 2013 1:50 pm

Please Chrissy..... please stay.... please.....
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby therealdeal on Tue May 21, 2013 2:06 pm

TIME wrote:You know who would be a great fit for the Clips...

starts with a P and rhymes with Jingles.

Actually he really would be a fantastic fit there. Young, athletic... add a couple more shooters and I bet he could really do well with that squad.
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby Weezy on Tue May 21, 2013 2:21 pm

I'm not surprised, but I am a little bit at the same time. It had been "reported" on ESPN, forget by who, that the Clippers might keep him because he's cheap and so is Sterling. I guess he really lost his players though, especially the important ones like Paul and Griffin.
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Tue May 21, 2013 2:43 pm

Vinny did not flop enough for the Paperclip stars
For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby Scnottaken on Tue May 21, 2013 4:54 pm

Doc Brown wrote:Agreed Rev. Blake and Jordan are two of the most overrated bigs in the game today. You don't dunk in the playoffs or throw alley oops at the same rate as the regular season and they will get exposed year after year for what they are....

Athletic JaVale McGee's.

I thought the only thing McGee had going for him WAS his athleticism. . . it certainly wasn't his BBIQ.
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby abeer3 on Tue May 21, 2013 5:18 pm

yeah, what would an athletic javale McGee look like? an alien?

not that I don't agree. griffin gets downright frustrated when he doesn't get his highlight dunks. he also hasn't improved one iota, despite media reports to the contrary, since he started in the league. he's still a shaky shooter at best and lacks creativity on offense. he's also fairly disinterested as a defender.

but this was about vinny: he's a bad coach and needed to go. if only the lakers would remedy their similar situation...
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby Doc Brown on Tue May 21, 2013 5:47 pm

Athletic --> Describes how Blake/Jordan play

JaVale McGee's --> No brains or actual basketball talent

Athletic + JaVale McGee's = People that are athletic with no brains or actual basketball talent.
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby Chillbongo on Tue May 21, 2013 5:54 pm

But JaVale doesn't play with athleticism?
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby Doc Brown on Tue May 21, 2013 6:52 pm

To save the rest of the board from a pointless argument. I should have worded it differently to avoid confusion over a totally irrelevant piece of information in my post that has nothing to do with this topic.

They are just a bunch of JaVale McGee's......does that tickle everyone's fancies now?
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby Rooscooter on Tue May 21, 2013 8:46 pm

Chillbongo wrote:But JaVale doesn't play with athleticism?



Who care if he plays with athleticism....

It's obvious to se that he doesn't play with good.....
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby Chillbongo on Wed May 22, 2013 10:58 am

Doc Brown wrote:To save the rest of the board from a pointless argument. I should have worded it differently to avoid confusion over a totally irrelevant piece of information in my post that has nothing to do with this topic.

They are just a bunch of JaVale McGee's......does that tickle everyone's fancies now?

I think I'm on board now. DeAndre for sure, Blake is a more capable version of McGee.

Rooscooter wrote:

Who care if he plays with athleticism....

It's obvious to se that he doesn't play with good.....


The discussion pertained to what an "athletic Javale McGee" is. Couple that with your incomplete statement following and I have to ask Roo....had a few drinks on some late night CL? :man1:
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby Finwë on Wed May 22, 2013 12:41 pm

We all knew it was happening... I bet Paul told them straight up they should fire him
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby Tobias Funke on Wed May 22, 2013 1:20 pm

Finwë wrote:We all knew it was happening... I bet Paul told them straight up they should fire him



Say what you want about Sterling; it's all true. But whenever I put a question to him he tries to provide an answer.

I told him I didn't understand the rationale behind Del Negro's dismissal.

"The coach is a wonderful man, and I'm sad about the whole thing," Sterling said.

"Was this done," I asked, "just to hang on to Chris Paul?"

"I always want to be honest and not say anything that is not true," Sterling said. "So I'd rather not say anything.

"But you know, the coach did a really good job. I think he did. And I liked working with him. There are just factors that make life very complicated and very challenging."


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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby Scnottaken on Wed May 22, 2013 3:53 pm

I'm sorry to have derailed this thread, even momentarily. Back to the subject at hand, I'm sure it's to hang on to Chris Paul. I'm always annoyed when coaches are fired when it's obvious it's not their fault the team does badly, though.
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby XXIV on Thu May 23, 2013 9:48 am

So he fires VDN to keep Paul but then sort of calls him out with it being what Paul wanted.
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby Finwë on Thu May 23, 2013 3:25 pm

Tobias Funke wrote:
Finwë wrote:We all knew it was happening... I bet Paul told them straight up they should fire him



Say what you want about Sterling; it's all true. But whenever I put a question to him he tries to provide an answer.

I told him I didn't understand the rationale behind Del Negro's dismissal.

"The coach is a wonderful man, and I'm sad about the whole thing," Sterling said.

"Was this done," I asked, "just to hang on to Chris Paul?"

"I always want to be honest and not say anything that is not true," Sterling said. "So I'd rather not say anything.

"But you know, the coach did a really good job. I think he did. And I liked working with him. There are just factors that make life very complicated and very challenging."


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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby Frank Dux on Thu May 23, 2013 4:14 pm

Del Negro actually did a pretty solid job with that lineup this season. The Clippers aren't going to win a title because 1. Chris Paul isn't as good as advertised 2. Biff and Jordan's fundamentals are embarrassing 3. Wing depth

This team has top tier "treadmill" team written all over.
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby Kb8theGreat on Thu May 23, 2013 6:45 pm

I think where Vinny went wrong was he did not instill any confidence in Deandres game. I think if the clippers wanted to go anywhere this postseason they would need a huge effort from Jordan. By reacting to "hack a deandre" and messing with jordans mins in crucial moments of regular season games messed with his head. As a coach you have to let your players know you believe in them. By leaving jordan in the game and allowing him to face the free throw line head on it could of done wonders for his confidence going into the playoffs. Alot of coaches feel the fire early on and coach scared. Like VDN and Pringles. Remeber when phil use to give the bench crucial mins early in the year to build a confidence in them for the playoffs. POP RIVERS JAX few coaches that stick to there guns.
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Thu May 23, 2013 7:14 pm

That is because outside of dunking Deandre is pretty much a trainwreck.
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Re: Del Negro and Clippers Part Ways

Postby Frank Dux on Thu May 23, 2013 8:25 pm

^The only thing worse than his game is that contract. Boy did the Warriors dodge a bullet when the Clippers matched that one.
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