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Vinny Del Negro gets vote of confidence from management

Apr 23, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

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Vinny Del Negro just got the dreaded vote of confidence.

His team is now up 2-0 in the first round over Memphis but there is still plenty of talk about the Clippers needing to get deep into the playoffs — such as the Western Conference finals — or his job could be in jeopardy.

Of course, if you ask management about his job security during the middle of a playoff run what do you expect them to say?

The Los Angeles Times got exactly the response you should expect in this situation.

Gary Sacks, the Clippers’ vice president of basketball operations, wanted to put an end to speculation about Coach Vinny Del Negro’s future. Sacks said that the organization supports Del Negro and that officials are happy with how the team has played.

“Our head coach and his staff have done a terrific job here,” Sacks told the Times on Monday night. “They deserve a huge amount of credit for the way the team has played and the way our roster has developed.”

Let’s be honest here, if the Clippers loved him that much they would have extended his contract already — it ends when the season does — and not left him in a lame duck situation.

Part two of being honest: Chris Paul is a free agent that the Clippers are expected to and must re-sign, he is the focus of the organization, and if he is frustrated after the Clippers are eliminated from the playoffs and suggests a coaching change to management, it will happen.

Del Negro has supporters and detractors within the organization. Welcome to professional sports. There was frustration that it was Del Negro pushing the idea of a trade for Kevin Garnett at the deadline (sending out DeAndre Jordan and other players) while management wants to keep Jordan. But winning will trump that, especially winning in the playoffs.

But if the Clippers advance to the second round following their first ever division title, it would be interesting to see the Clippers let Del Negro walk after the most successful season in team history.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Doesn’t a vote of confidence mean you’re going to get fired (particularly if they somehow blow this series?)

    They seem to be waiting for a good reason to fire him, instead of searching for reasons to keep him. Then again, Chris Paul runs the show there (offensively), not Vinny…

  2. freudnumb - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    If Vinny stops Winning, Sacks will sack him …

  3. 00maltliquor - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Oh nooo, not the “Vote of Confidence”! His fate is sealed…I’ve never seen a coach get the “V.o.C.” and live to talk about it the next season.

  4. nickjackalson - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    with the series going to mem the clippers better be ready for the grizzlies best effort..or get mashed! wonder how Vinny -coff-chrispaul-coff- is going to respond

    • Jorge Barake - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      You mean the same way the Clippers have dominated the Grizzlies on their own floor?

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