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Vinny Del Negro, when asked if the Lakers have a shot against the Spurs: ‘No.’

Apr 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Vinny Del Negro AP

LOS ANGELES — There wasn’t much insight to be gained from Vinny Del Negro’s session with the media before his Clippers took down the Grizzlies in Game 1 of their playoff matchup on Saturday.

But there was some fun at the very end, when Del Negro gave an honest answer to a question about the other NBA team that plays at Staples Center.

Del Negro was simply asked if the Lakers have a shot against the Spurs. His one-word answer, after pausing for a second or two: “No.”

The room responded with laughter at both the brevity and the clarity of the response, and Del Negro light-heartedly defended his choice by reminding us of where he spent six of his 12 seasons as an NBA player.

“I played for the Spurs,” he said.

Lakers fans didn’t think this was very funny, however, as evidenced by the way they laid waste to my Twitter mentions with hilarious (and largely profane) replies after I posted Del Negro’s remark Saturday night.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    My cousin Vinny after that, much respect to you & your team see you soon!!!

  2. logisticalvoices - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    If I was a Lakers fan (which I’m not and never will be), I wouldn’t find it funny either. They are so angry and defensive because even they know the Lakers will be lucky to last five games with the Spurs.

  3. tomshoe - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Looks like Vinny is smarter than I thought.

    • andrewproughcfe - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      If D’antoni would grow a brain and toss the ball inside to Pau and Howard on every possible play, the Lakers would have a shot against any team. Since when is it NOT a huge advantage to have twin 7-footers with scoring moves and defensive abilities? Both of these guys have helped power teams to the finals in the past, and both of them are capable of throwing up 30 points and 15 rebounds on any given night.

      • urodaddy07 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:09 AM

        Actually Pau is capable of that. I’m really not convinced Dwight is a 28 and 15 guy. Is he capable of 30 point games, yeah. Can he average 30 a game, I don’t actually believe that. He’s too inefficient when he’s not dunking and his free throws are still atrocious.

  4. shuttaman1990 - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Vinny is a loser of a coach. He doesn’t know anything. Oh just because they got a division title for the first time he’s feeling himself?
    What a loser he doesn’t know squat about what he’s talking about.
    Clippers are trash and will always be. Lakers all day.
    Ignorant fool, respect our GANGSTA!

    • dannymac17 - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      your “gangsta”????

      Vinny has a 4-0 record against the Lakers WITH Kobe this season.

      Be quiet tool.

      • shuttaman1990 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        @dannymac17
        4-0 omg omg omg vs a coach who doesn’t know what he’s doing and with a unit that has been plagued by injuries all year.

        OMG THE CLIPPERS OWN THE STAPLE CENTER NOW, TIME TO TAKE DOWN THE LAKERS BANNERS AND PUT ALL THE CLIPPERS BANNERS AND CHIPS, MATTER OF FACT LETS PUT A STATUE OF ELTON BRAND TO REPLACE KAREEM

        my god I was sooo wrong.

    • shuttaman1990 - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Matter of fact, maybe he understands that D’antoni is a just $#%@%^@ and will stray away from what was working to get things started with his first love Steve Nash.

      *sigh* They need to fire him if he doesn’t adjust in this series.

  5. wfriedrichs - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    What? Shutterman, you are the loser and just posted a rant on the internet so the world can see how stupid you are. Vinny win last night. Its hard to be a loser when you win. You are just like every other laker “fan”. An entitled little bitch who is scared to death of the Clippers.

    • badintent - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      Lakers front row seat”fans”=Desperate Hoes of LA”
      Clippers front row fans=Bill Crystal
      ANALYSIS THAT !!! OR THIS !!
      SUCKER MC soap opera
      Knicks and Nets fans have healty respect of each other teams.
      LA is one big child sandbox

  6. omniusprime - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Vinny the Ninny should pay attention to his own team and not bother with prognosticating about the Lakers. He’d better start preparing for the Lakers in the 2nd round because they are going to put the Spurs out in the first round in 6 games, Believe It!

    Go Lakers, the Real LA Team!!!

  7. xerocc - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    “Does any team coached by Vinny Del Negro ever have a shot to win a title?” One word answer after pausing for a second or two: “No.”

  8. bucrightoff - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Vinny had a better team with the Clips last year than this current Lakers team, against a worse version of the Spurs, and they got swept. So I think he knows what he speaks. Unless SA shoots below 45% from the field this series should be breif and not very pretty.

  9. jimsjam33 - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    What’s everybody squalking about ? The Lakers have no chance against the Spurs or anybody else in the Western division . They are merely a team to practice against before the Spurs get into the real competition . Funny though , they are probably a better team without Kobe .

    • mytthor - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      I agree with you that the Lakers have no chance against anybody in the Western division. They just don’t have enough players to field a team in either Baseball or Football.

  10. mazblast - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Man gets asked a question, doesn’t hem and haw, answers it with his OPINION. Gets skewered for it.

    He’d be in really big trouble if he’d given the honest answer–“If David Stern says they do, they do.”

  11. mytthor - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Anyone with the theory that the league is going to give the Lakers anything, can shove it. The Lakers traded for an MVP candidate young point guard, and the league vetoed the trade. End of discussion.

    • nickjackalson - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      You forgot the part where it actually were other owners complaining about the obvious lopsidedness of that deal, that would have seen the league-owned “pelicans” get violated to give up the best pg of his generation for old players on bad contracts, random bad picks and a magic bean

      • Kevin S. - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        So instead they gave up the best PG of his generation for young players on bad contracts, a random bad pick and a magic bean. Really improved that offer, there.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        And considering Kevin Martin was a big piece of the James Harden trade, I’m not sure how awful a contract he really was.

  12. urodaddy07 - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    I actually think this is a series that could go either way. If Tony Parker continues to play the way he has recently and injury continues to limit Manu’s minutes then LA has a decent chance of pulling the upset. Pau and Dwight, however, have to shoot better than the 39% that they have done against the Spurs so far. You expect that your big guys , especially Dwight, to shoot better thn 50% since their shots are mostly taken at close range. Dwight’s ability to finish at the rim is still a little suspect. Most importantly for LA though is defence. They have to make it difficult for the Spurs to move the ball and defensive rotations have to be sharp, something they have not done or the majority of he season but showed that they can do recently. I definitely give then a chance against San Antonio. If they had the 8th cede and were up against Oklahoma, then that would be a very short series.

  13. lakerluver - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Do the Clips have a chance of winning a title with Vinny as the coach? No.
    Does Vinny have a chance of keeping his job if the Clips don’t make it to at least the Western Conference Championship? No.

  14. halfbaht - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Anyone who thinks the lakers stand a chance needs to check their koolaid, because there’s something in it

  15. cornbreadbbqred - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Vinny, you just exercised unfortunate bad taste, and ill will. Good luck with the basketball Gods going forward. Not only were you a mediocre journeyman while playing (you simply had to know somebody on the inside to keep a job), but you are as mediocre a coach, who will meet his match by being dispatched by another team with lesser talent, at the hands of more capable coaching the Western Conference. Take your pick, there are a laundry list of coaches out there with the X’s and O’s to send your bunch packing from the Western Conference playoffs, early. Bad taste to gloat when you haven’t accomplished squat yet!

  16. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Do the Clippers have a chance to win the title (i.e. do something better than the Lakers)?

    No.

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