CULVER CITY, CA -- Looking at the Clippers' 40-26 recorda franchise-best 60.6 winning percentageand an appearance in the second round of the playoffs for only the second time in the Donald Sterling Era--picking up the option on Coach Vinny Del Negro's contract seemed to be a no-brainer. These are the Clippers, however, an organization still fighting to overcome a perception of ineptness and frustration, also germane to the Sterling Era.
Critics continually refuse to believe that recently the Clips have actually acted like a model NBA franchise under Sterling, President Andy Roeser and General Manager Neil Olshey, and the perception now seems unfair. Nevertheless, when the announcement was made that Del Negro would be back for his third year, the skeptics were out in force.
On a conference call with reporters, Del Negro was asked if he was worried because the team waited a while to make the official statement
"No, not really," said Del Negro, who has a 72-76 record with the Clipp...