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Report: Clipper coaching search down to Dwayne Casey, Vinny Del Negro

Jun 25, 2010, 10:53 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Clippers_logo.pngTwo former NBA head coaches — both fired with pretty good records but management thought they could find someone better — are the last two standing in the Clippers search for a head coach.

Vinny Del Negro and Dwayne Casey are the two finalists for the Los Angeles job, reports Kevin Arnovitz at

Ironically, these are the same two guys the Chicago Bulls were choosing between two years ago. They went with Del Negro, who went 41-41 both years, although the second year was with injuries and trades decimating the roster. He was fired at the end of last season.

Casey was the former head coach of the Timberwolves during part of the Kevin Garnett era. He was fired while the team was 20-20 his second season — they went 12 and 30 the rest of the way.

Both coaches will be interviewed early next week.

The Clippers have a good young nucleus of players with Blake Griffin, Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon, now Al Farouq-Aminu plus they have Baron Davis at the point. They also are working hard to attract a top-flight free agent. Ideally a small forward. (Yes, ideally THAT guy, but they will have to settle for someone else.)

  1. Charlie - Jun 26, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Vinny del Negro. This is a joke, right? Hire Casey and get on with it.

  2. Paul - Jun 26, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    This is a joke, right? Vinny D. delivered superb results with a decimated roster, as the article notes. He has terrific credentials and will eventually even become a great coach. Casey, just one more mediocre coach out there. Hire Vinny and get on with it!

  3. James Garay - Jun 27, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    What’s the status on a possible signing if Raja Bell to the Lakers.
    Can someone give me an update.
    Where will Shaq play next year. Boston?
    James G
    Trabuco Canyon

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