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Everything is not going smoothly in Lob City lately. When news broke that players were arguing and growing weary of each other, you had to know the finger pointing would eventually turn to head coach Vinny Del Negro for not having the pulse of his team. Now, reports are he could be on the way out after the season and the Clippers are already eyeing his replacement.
Per ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Clippers have their sights set on former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. He explains below.
Vinny Del Negro insisted before a recent loss in Dallas that he has “a great future no matter what.” The signals are nonetheless getting louder and louder that said future won’t be at Staples Center, with Del Negro working on a flimsy one-year extension and L.A. looking nothing like the team — whether that’s due to health woes, locker-room fissures or coaching issues — that won 17 straight games in December.
But Del Negro’s well-chronicled desire for the Clips to trade for Boston’s Kevin Garnett in February, coupled with his bosses’ well-chronicled reluctance to part with both Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan in a KG deal, has spawned the impression of competing agendas behind closed doors in Clipperland. It’s also undeniably worrisome for Del Negro that, according to sources, Stan Van Gundy’s availability already has the Clippers highly intrigued.
An early playoof exit for the Clippers could stamp Del Negro’s ticket out of town. And with the team already exploring other options, perhaps regardless of what happens a new coach will be roaming the sidelines in Lob City.
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The fourth and final “Battle of LA” took place for this season between the Clippers and the Lakers. The Clippers are accustomed to being on the losing end of that equation but this season was completely different. For the first time in Lakers-Clippers history, Lob City swept the Lakers 4-0 this season. That’s not even the cherry on the Staples Center hallway rivalry, the Clippers...
Blake Griffin gave the Clippers a 15-point lead over the Lakers in the fourth quarter Sunday, their largest of the game, with a finger roll dunk. Griffin received the outlet from Chris Paul and changed his mind mid-air from a layup to a dunk as he glided through the air and threw it down:
Blake Griffin helped lead the Clippers to a win Sunday over the Lakers as they clinched their first division title in the 42-year history of the franchise. One play specifically stood out, and it of course involved Blake. Check out Blake get up to initially do a finger roll, but in a split second he changed his mind and threw it down with authority.
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