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Video: Clippers players talk about how they like Del Negro

Dec 11, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

When I put together a list of coaches who could be on the hot seat I added Vinny Del Negro because it was obligatory. Fans saw him in Chicago, they heard the now-gone GM wanted him out the middle of last season and there is a national sense he can’t be the guy that coaches this team deep into the playoffs.

But the reality is at 14-6 he is the coach of the team that, if everything comes together, could be the second best team in the West right now. The fact is he is not going anywhere this season and it would take a playoff collapse or a push from key players to force him out.

And the fact is, the players speak well of him. As you can see above from a video. The Clippers players like the freedom Del Negro gives them.

We’ll see how that translates, come the playoffs. But for now, it’s nothing but praise from Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford and others.

  1. badintent - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Kurt , when you fish for a story, use better bait. Phil ain’t coming to the Clippers, no matter how much you wish.

    • ron05342 - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:11 AM

      This might be the worst post in PBT history. Phil Jackson is not mentioned in the article, there is not even a HINT as to replacing VDN.

      Stay away from the ‘shrooms, badintent. Or whatever it is you are medicating yourself with.

      • badintent - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:44 AM

        You’re right Phil is not in the article. But Kurt always is bring up Phil as a possible replacement of several other vacant or soon to be vacant coaching jobs, weather or not Phil is a good fit for them. If you read between the lines, this story was written with an angle that Vinny must win AND be liked by his players to keep his job.As we know, most successful coaches are not liked by their players, but they win anyway. Donald Sterling has a long history of firing coaches by the bushel, so Kurt is just riding his coat tails. Next time I’ll use a 5 th grade writing level for you so you can understand. I don’t need or use drugs to get high , I ski on 7500 foot high mountains, natural high.Black Diamond runs.

      • ron05342 - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:50 PM

        @badintent: I do appreciate you lowering yourself to a 5th grade level understanding; I completed the fifth grade in 1969. And actually went further than that, thank you.

        I just didn’t read that much into the article. But I think you are missing a finer point: Phil Jackson probably doesn’t come back to coach at all, ever. If he couldn’t pull the trigger fast enough for the Lakers, he isn’t going to coach any other team in this league.

        And you are forgetting (or perhaps just don’t know) that there is bad blood between Phil Jackson and the Clipper ownership/management group (Phil having heavily criticized the Clippers more than once in his tenure in Los Angeles), so if you think Jim Buss doesn’t want the Zen Master, then you haven’t seen nothing yet…Sterling would rather his toes cut off then install Phillip as the Clipper coach.

  2. gmsingh - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Which now gone GM are you talking about? John Paxson? He’s “gone” because he moved further up in the executive branch. Vinnie is a decent coach, but he’s no Thibodeau. If the situations were reversed the Clippers would likely be 20-0 right now.

  3. abchome - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Vinny Del Negro is doing a great job by essentially doing nothing. That’s a privilege of having the best point guard running the show for you.

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