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Report: Cavaliers to interview Vinny Del Negro for head coaching job

May 24, 2014, 12:50 AM EST

Vinny Del Negro AP

For a coach with a winning percentage of .533, whose teams have never been below .500, who won 56 the last season he coached, the idea of hiring Vinny Del Negro generally elicits groans.

With good reason, while guys play for him his offenses have been simplistic, his comments vapid and his teams have done better under the coaches that followed him (granted, those coaches were Tom Thibodeau and Doc Rivers).

Now it’s Cavaliers fans time to groan.

Del Negro is among those getting an interview for the Cleveland job, reports Sam Amick of the USA Today.

Del Negro is considered a long shot behind Alvin Gentry (who worked with Cavs GM David Griffin in Phoenix) and popular assistant Adrian Griffin.

But Del Negro interviews well and charms owners. Donald Sterling loved him and only fired him because Chris Paul pressured him to.

Cavs fans can hope that this is just another interview, one to provide a little balance with the guys they actually want.

  1. cantonb0und13 - May 24, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Lmao! Type of coach they’ll keep for two seasons, then hire someone new. Which is what Cleveland sports are accustomed to.

    • jpstyles314 - May 24, 2014 at 1:38 AM

      Type of coach they’ll keep for two seasons, then rehire Brown.

      • fanofthegame79 - May 24, 2014 at 2:00 AM

        Then fire him again after one season and pay him for an additional four.

      • ranfan12 - May 24, 2014 at 3:52 AM

        3rd time is the charm lol

  2. campcouch - May 24, 2014 at 3:08 AM

    Always a good time having a guy in Long Beach,CA blogging about activities in Cleveland,OH. Sadly,being overseas,my sports info is limited to NBC Sports,ESPN and Twitter so I have no choice to if I want some Ohio sports news. I need to fire up my bass boat and start trolling too.

  3. timb12 - May 24, 2014 at 3:39 AM

    Why is no team interviewing George Karl?

    • mackcarrington - May 24, 2014 at 4:48 AM

      He never coached or played under Phil Jackson.

    • duhwighthoward - May 25, 2014 at 2:42 AM

      He’s had his chances. Time to give someone else an opportunity.

  4. boondocksaint224 - May 24, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    People groan when VDN’s name comes up because he takes talented teams and does exactly jack squat to improve them. The Clippers won 56 games under him? You don’t say! I don’t suppose it had anything to do with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford as opposed to VDN’s offensive system of “Go do some stuff, Chris.” Or how he coached up a Bulls team with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng to back-to-back .500 seasons with first-round playoff exits before Tom Thibodeau showed up and IMMEDIATELY brought them to 62 wins and the ECF?

    Del Negro is a BAD coach.

    • blueintown - May 24, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      Everyone knows the arrival of Carlos Boozer is what got them to elite status.

    • duhwighthoward - May 25, 2014 at 2:46 AM

      So, how much better did the highest paid coach in the league, Doc Rivers, do when he coached the same team this year?

  5. greatmiamisportsmind - May 24, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    LOL, that will help LeBron want to go back their. Like he was going to anyways

  6. El Pollo Loco - May 24, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    LOL I hope they hire his clown!And to think they actually beeline Lebron really is considering coming back to play there

  7. tccoats - May 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    This from the “Why are bad teams bad” file……

  8. 00maltliquor - May 24, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    I would be laughing at the Cavs expense but I’m afraid that if I do, the Lakers will be taking to VDN next and it’ll come right back to splat me in the face.

  9. realfootballfan - May 25, 2014 at 4:15 AM

    Oh yea, the arrow’s pointing up Cav fans, lol.

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