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Source: Clippers choose Del Negro (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 6, 2010 10:58 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2010 11:41 pm
The Clippers have offered their head coaching job to Vinny Del Negro, choosing the former Bulls coach over Dwane Casey to replace Mike Dunleavy, a person with knowledge of the decision confirmed to

Barring a snag in contract negotiations, it is believed that Del Negro will accept the job and get another chance to coach barely three months after the Bulls fired him amid tension between he and Bulls executive vice president John Paxson.

The Clippers issued a news release stating they've reached an agreement in principle with Del Negro and that more information would be provided Wednesday.

Despite legal haggling over money owed to Dunleavy and other former Clippers coaches by notorious owner Donald Sterling, the opening was among the most attractive in the league this summer because of the talent on the roster -- Blake Grifffin, Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Baron Davis -- plus $16.8 million in salary-cap space, enough to land one max free agent. The Clippers made a run at LeBron James last week in Cleveland, but were the only team to court the King without a head coach in place.

Unlike teams that bring in numerous candidates for interviews, the Clippers narrowed the field to Del Negro and Casey from the outset and interviewed them twice over the past week. There were indications late last week that some of the team's decision makers preferred Casey, who was passed over by the Bulls when they hired Del Negro two years ago. Casey also was a finalist for the Hawks, who hired in-house assistant Larry Drew.


Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:32 pm

Source: Clippers choose Del Negro (UPDATE)

Kaman, Griffin, Gordon, Davis and Boozer... That's a playoff contender regardless of who coaches them. Now it's just a matter of breaking the Clipper curse and having all 5 stay healthy for the majority of the season... Highly unlikely considering the fives past injury history, I smell another dissappointing season in 2010-11

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2010 11:55 pm

Source: Clippers choose Del Negro (UPDATE)

If they were wanting to go with Vinny, maybe they should have waited until after they signed their FA's.  After his coaches errors in Chicago last year, I would have to imagine they aren't going to lure any big FA's now.  Not that they were going to anyway.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2010 11:48 pm

Source: Clippers choose Del Negro (UPDATE)

Well, I can't say they got the better of the two, because both of these guys were unimpressive as head coaches.

I don't see why Dwane Casey gets so many opportunities.  And with Del Negro's recent history, I don't see how he's hireable either.  Then again, this is the Clippers we're talking about.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: July 6, 2010 11:27 pm

Source: Clippers choose Del Negro

Wow. It continues. Del Negro is a tool, perfect for Sterling. I'm sure this will REALLY help the free agent cause. Any slight chance for a decent free agent to sign with the Clippers has died as Del Negro signed his contract. It's like breaking a mirror, another 7 years of bad luck and futility for the Clippers. Watch as Del Negro spontaneously tears his ACL while coaching on the sidelines.

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