Vinny Del Negro gets no respect; is it warranted?
Del Negro had a rough start in LA going 32-50 in his first year. Then the team improved in years 2 and 3. The Clippers did blow a 2-0 series lead and lost 4 straight. However, Blake Griffin wasn't 100%. Chauncey Billups was almost nonexistent the last four games of the series. I’m not sure what adjustments people are looking for when certain key players aren’t producing. People talk about the talent he had; I just want to know where they were?
I just find it amusing that in 5 seasons as an NBA head coach Del Negro has compiled a regular season record of 210-184, missing the playoffs just once in those 5 years. The Clippers won a franchise high 56 games and recorded a 17-game winning streak during the season. Yet he’s going to be looking for work once again.
Yes, it worked for the Bulls when they replaced him. Let’s see who the Clippers replace Del Negro with.
Obviously Phil Jackson should be their number 1 target. It makes perfect sense to stick it to the Lakers in the process. Depends what Phil wants and what Sterling wants to give Phil. Good chance that won’t work due to Phil’s relationship with Jeanie Buss.
The hot name out there seems to be Brian Shaw. Not saying people hold grudges, but we all know Shaw was passed up on by the Lakers after Phil left in favor of Mike Brown. Is Shaw the answer? Who else is out there? Jerry Sloan would also make sense. As a friend pointed out to me, should Paul stay with the Clippers then Sloan coaching Griffin and Paul would be a perfect fit based on Sloan’s history with a legendary point guard and power forward.
Vinny Del Negro should get another chance, and I’m sure he will based on his resume. I don't know how the guy gets labeled as he does. Is he really that bad?