Skip to content

Vinny Del Negro rips Clippers’ effort after loss to Rockets

Mar 31, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

Vinny Del Negro AP

Most who saw the Clippers lose a heart-breaker in San Antonio on Friday would have expected a lackluster effort in Houston on Saturday.

Vinny Del Negro did not expect it, and was anything but pleased with his team afterward.

L.A. not only lost to a Rockets team playing without James Harden, who sat out with a foot injury, but lost big. The Clippers were blown out 98-81, and the effort did not at all sit well with the team’s head coach.

From Dan Woike of the Orange County Register:

For 3 minutes, 25 seconds, Del Negro verbally destroyed his team for its performance, citing lack of effort, toughness, execution and concentration for the unexpected loss.

“They played harder than we did,” Del Negro said. “We were terrible. Our effort was terrible. Our attitude was terrible. Our urgency was terrible. I’m very disappointed. I didn’t see the fight in us tonight. We need guys to step up.

“We were soft. We were sloppy. Our urgency was poor. Our defense was poor. Our transition defense was poor. Our post defense was poor. Our pick-and-roll defense was poor. I could go on and on.”

Just the night before, the Clippers were engaged in a battle on the road against the team with the best record in the Western Conference, and it was an emotionally draining one at that, given that the game wasn’t decided until the final seconds.

With Harden sitting this one out, and given the intensity level the Clippers played at just 24 hours prior to this one, the drop off in effort is somewhat understandable.

Del Negro, however, can’t afford to agree, considering that his prospects of continued employment with the franchise beyond this season are directly related to how far the Clippers can advance into the postseason.

And obviously, they won’t go very far by putting forth unfocused efforts like this.

Latest Posts
  1. Report: Nate Robinson considering offer from Chinese team

    Sep 5, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Nate Robinson, Shawn Marion Nate Robinson, Shawn Marion

    Robinson played for the Nuggets and Clippers last season.

  2. D’Angelo Russell says Kobe Bryant is “mentally on another level”

    Sep 5, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

    2015 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot Getty Images

    “I always preach, I didn’t get here from being the most athletic guy, the fastest guy, the tallest guy, or the strongest, I got here from my mind.” —D’Angelo Russell

  3. Tony Parker talks about playing for legacy with Spurs, France

    Sep 5, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT

    cd0ymzcznguwzdbhnduynddiytjhm2yyzthlmtjjotqwyyznpwq2ztywmty4njnjy2y5nzvkzda1ytkzngqyowe3mzzj AP

    Is he the best European ever in the NBA?

  4. Report: Kendall Marshall near deal with Sixers

    Sep 4, 2015, 7:30 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Cleveland Cavaliers Getty Images

    He’s coming off an ACL surgery and misses the start of the season.

  5. Eric Bledsoe: Suns not content just sneaking into the playoffs

    Sep 4, 2015, 2:24 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v San Antonio Spurs Getty Images

    Given the strength of the Western Conference, they should be

  6. Report: NBA would continue to receive national TV money during work stoppage

    Sep 4, 2015, 1:25 PM EDT

    John Skipper, David Levy, Ted Leonsis, Adam Silver AP

    That’ll make owners more prone to locking out players

  7. Report: Rockets signing four free agents, including Chris Walker

    Sep 4, 2015, 12:23 PM EDT

    SEC Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Florida vs Alabama Getty Images

    Houston also reportedly adding Denzel Livingston, Remi Yusuf, Will Cummings

  8. JaVale McGee says he’s close to healthy, will be ready for season

    Sep 4, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee AP

    If he’s healthy and the vintage, athletic McGee Dallas could use him.

Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. D. Rose (2121)
  2. K. Irving (1714)
  3. A. Davis (1600)
  4. R. Rubio (1550)
  5. L. James (1514)
  1. K. Durant (1506)
  2. K. Bryant (1460)
  3. T. Thompson (1277)
  4. J. Clarkson (1219)
  5. A. Aminu (1167)