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The Victory Formation:
This might be the most shocking development of the NBA season. Donald Sterling made a decision to actually keep a high-priced free agent as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. According to T.J. Simers at the LA Times, Sterling was reluctant to fire head coach Vinny Del Negro, but knew that it was something he had to do in order to keep point guard Chris Paul as apart of the organization: “The coach is a wonderful man, and I’m sad about the whole thing,” Sterling said. “Was this done,” I asked, “just to hang on to Chris Paul?” “I always want to be honest and not say anything that is not true,” Sterling said. “So I’d rather not say anything. But you know, the coach did a really good job. I think he did. And I liked working with him. There are just factors that make life very complicated and very challenging.” While not a direct answer to Simers’ question, he pretty much admitted that the reason was to keep CP3 around as he heads into free agency this summer. Sterling has to re-sign him. The Clippers, though suffering a difficult playoff defeat, just had their greatest season ever [...]
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Clippers general manager Gary Sacks is negotiating with free agent Chris Paul and the executive remains “very confident” that the elite point guard will return to Los Angeles. Shipped to Tinseltown from the Minnesota Timberwolves in December 2011, Paul can ink a five-year extension worth $108 million with the Clippers starting on July 1. A six-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA...
The Los Angeles Clippers decided not to bring back Vinny Del Negro as their head coach, and the upcoming free agency situation with Chris Paul may have a lot to do with it.
Paul, who completed his second season with the Clippers and finished fourth in league MVP voting, will be a free agent this summer. He reportedly supported a coaching change.
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski...
Blame the coach. The NBA is driven by the players. If a team underperforms, the blame isautomatically on the head coach. Just ask Mike Brown when he was fired by the [...]
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The Los Angeles Clippers may not look much different on the floor next season -- assuming Chris Paul re-signs with the club, which isn't a guarantee -- except for one notable exception. Vinny Del Negro will not be coaching the team. The Clippers, according to the Los Angeles Times, will not extend his contract, which expires June 30.
Del Negro inherited a 29-win team in the...