Vinny Del Negro Outlasts Mike Brown, For How Long?
Last season, the common theme following the Clippers was the ineptitude of their young, inexperienced coach pacing the sidelines. Vinny Del Negro is a far cry from the top coach in the league and Clipper Nation as well as ESPN and every other major sports media outlet make sure to let him know how they feel.
Del Negro could be in over his head with the roster the Clippers built over the summer to surround their two stars in Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. With the amount of talent on their roster, it is tough to make everyone happy with playing time throughout the course of the NBA season.
After the Clippers hot start at 8-2, they dropped three straight games on the road to drop to 8-5 heading into a Monday night matchup against the New Orleans Hornets -- always an emotional game for Chris Paul.
So when will Vinny be canned? Or will he be canned at all? Is it inevitable? This Clippers roster is far more talented than the team they fielded last season with impressive additions such as Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom, Grant Hill (who has yet to play). Also, the internal development of players such as Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan have had immeasurable impacts thus far.
Once Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill are healthy enough to return, this squad will almost certainly regin supreme (or very close to it) in the Western Conference. The question is, who will pacing the sidelines come May?
Vinny has his troubles finding the correct rotations at points and is not every good situational coach. His play-calling at the end of games or crucial moments is questionable at best. Can he improve on the go or will his lack of experience be the beginning of his demise?