PLAYA VISTA, Calif. The Clippers of two seasons ago would have been ecstatic. Fifty-six wins? Fifty-six? A winning season, a playoff berth that was enough.
The Clippers of two seasons ago would be throwing parties for Vinny Del Negro if they knew what was to come. Theyd be utterly elated, one has to think, that their teams fate is about to change so drastically.
This is not two years ago, though. This is May 2013. The Clippers are the Pacific Division champions, owners of a 17-game December winning streak. They are Lob City, the new darlings of Los Angeles basketball, at least for a moment.
They are all that, and then they lost, rather grimly, to the Grizzlies in the playoffs first round on Friday.
And so yes, the teams fate has changed. But with that change comes others, changes of culture and environment. Changes of expectations.
Which brings us to one man whose fate this summer is uncertain. (No, not Chris Paul.) It brings us to Vinny Del Negro, the Clippers coach whos bee...