Found May 22, 2013 on Project Spurs:
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 2010-11 season. He and rookie phenom Blake Griffin infused the Clippers with excitement, but few wins. The Clippers nabbed Paul the next season, won 40 games, defeated the Grizzlies in a taut seven-game series before bowing out to the San Antonio Spurs in four games. Del Negro's Clippers, with a few ancillary pieces added to the mix, were even better this season, winning 56 games and clinching the fourth seed in the Western Conference. A first-round exit, especially one where the Clippers held a 2-0 lead, didn't assuage the prevailing sentiment that Del Negro simply doesn't have the coaching acumen to win consistently in the NBA.    So how will the Clippers replace Del Negro, the most successful coach (.556 winning percentage) in franchise history?   According to a LA Times report, Byron Scott, whose relationship with Paul may give him an advantage, Golden State assistant Mike Malone, long-time San Antonio assistant Mike Budenholzer, Alvin Gentry and Indiana assistant Brian Shaw are in the mix.    This isn't the first time Budenholzer has been involved in a coaching vacancy. His services have always been in demand, but he has opted for the security of San Antonio instead. With ample experience in the Spurs organization, a coaching job is his for the taking. Should he jump for this Clippers job?   Probably. The Clippers were an excellent team, and occasionally showcased championship-contending ability. During their 17-game winning streak in December, the longest non-Miami winning streak of the season, they crushed opponents by 15.3 points per 100 possessions. After the All-Star break, only Miami generated more corner 3-pointers per game and only Oklahoma City scored more points per 100 possessions. That's good company.    The wheels fell off in the playoffs. Their offense, albeit with a gimpy Griffin and shoddy rotation play, still scored at an good rate but their defense was second-to-last. Only the Los Angeles Lakers were worse. Del Negro, largely unable to construct a cohesive system to support Paul and Griffin, watched idly as the Grizzlies bumped and bruised their way to the second round. Curious minutes management -- super sub Eric Bledsoe averaged only 16.2 minutes -- and locker room discontent attributed to Del Negro's eventual departure.    The Clippers vacancy, as weird as this sounds, is definitely enticing. Not many teams have two superstars (Griffin may be a quasi-superstar at this point). Not many have their athleticism, either.    Yet problems arise because smart defenses are able to suffocate their one-dimensional offense. Griffin and DeAndre Jordan also need to realize that pure athleticism isn't conducive to defensive success. Timing and communication are just as important, if not more so.   The pieces are there and they will likely be in contention next season. Budenholzer is comfortable in San Antonio, and he should be, but positions like this don't come around often. He should jump at this chance.

Was Chris Paul allowed to fire Vinny Del Negro?

Vinny Del Negro led the Los Angeles Clippers to a strong season by anyone’s standards, let alone what the franchise has traditionally become accustomed to. Still, it was all but a foregone conclusion that their coach Vinny Del Negro was a dead man walking by the end of the season. The rumors of superstar players such as Blake Griffin and Chris Paul disliking Paul had grown to...

Report: Vinny Del Negro out as Clippers coach

Vinny Del Negros third season as Clippers coach was arguably his best, but it wasnt enough to save his job. According to Yahoo Sports, Del Negro, whose three-year contract expires at the end of June, was told by the team that he will not be offered a new deal. The Clippers did not make an announcement and did not respond to an email requesting more information. The Clippers won...

Report: Los Angeles Clippers Fire Vinny Del Negro

Coming off of an early first-round exit, it seemed like the next step for the Los Angeles Clippers would be to fire their coach, Vinny Del Negro. According to Y! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, that moment has finally came. The Clippers have fired Vinny Del Negro, source tells Y! 17 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite [...]The post Report: Los Angeles Clippers Fire...

Can Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald lure Chris Paul to New York for less money?

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...

Clippers fire head coach Vinny Del Negro

Tweet Despite having their best record in franchise history, the Los Angeles Clippers have fired head coach Vinny Del Negro, according to a report from Y! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski: The Clippers have fired Vinny Del Negro, source tells Y! — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 21, 2013 Del Negro’s departure was expected by many around the [...]

Clippers Fire Vinny Del Negro

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Clippers have fired head coach, Vinny Del Negro. Del Negro led the Clippers to a winning 128-102 record in three seasons with the team. After having a subpar first season as head coach, and an average second season, Del Negro led the Clippers to the best season in the team’s forty-three year history – posting a franchise record...

The Clippers Have Reportedly Fired Vinny Del Negro

According to Yahoo Sports, Vinny Del Negro is out as head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.  Vinny led the Clippers to the Playoffs this season, but were bounced out by the Memphis Grizzlies and fans had been calling for a change for quite some time. #bbpBox_336915172859977728 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_336915172859977728 a:hover { text-decoration:underline...

Report: Vinny Del Negro Will Not Return as Los Angeles Clippers’ Head Coach

Rest easy, Clippers fans. Vinny Del Negro is not your problem anymore. The embattled head coach will not return for a fourth season on the team’s bench, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Despite leading the Clippers to a franchise-record 56 wins this season, Del Negro’s coaching style and acumen was called into question by many observers and even his own players following...

Clippers Won't Renew Vinny Del Negro's Contract

The Los Angeles Clippers have fired Vinny Del Negro, according to a source. Del Negro has been with the Clippers since the 10-11 season.

Los Angelos Clippers fire Vinny Del Negro

AP Photo The Los Angelos Clippers will not offer Vinny Del Negro a new contract, according to Yahoo! Sports. Del Negro was informed of the decision Tuesday afternoon. Del Negro had some success in his two seasons with the Clippers, but was unable to withstand a first round Western Conference loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Prior to Del Negro’s tenure with the Clippers, he was the...

Chris Paul is the one who will pretty much determine the next head coach for the Los Angeles Clippers

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 [...]

The Los Angeles Clippers fire Vinny Del Negro, could Phil Jackson really coach the other team in LA?

Phil or Jerry Sloan are perfect fits

Pinkies Up! Green Pinkie Edition

A green pinkie is way cooler than a green thumb, even if you still suck at growing tomatoes. Will the NBA expand to Seattle (and one)? (Rumors and Rants) The 2013 All-NBA Playoff Injury Team (The Roosevelts) Donald Sterling admits Del Negro was fired to help keep Chris Paul (Black Sports Online) Are the Cavs looking to trade the number one pick? (The Kevin Burke Project) Jim Boeheim...

Politics as usual: Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, and Tim Duncan headline the 2013 all NBA team.

"Politics as usual"
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.