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  1. If Doc is out, who is in for Celtics? Maybe Del Negro, Frank

    Jun 17, 2013, 1:43 PM EST

    Vinny Del Negro

    There is once again momentum to the idea that Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett (then later likely Paul Pierce) are headed to the Clippers. It may or may not happen, but a smart GM like Danny Ainge has to start planning for any eventuality. So, if Doc Rivers is gone from the bench in Boston,…

  2. Clippers let go of Vinny Del Negro as coach

    May 21, 2013, 3:07 PM EST

    Vinny Del Negro

    Clippers owner Donald Sterling created a little stir when he was near the court watching Game 1 between the Spurs and Grizzlies Sunday — he didn’t bother to attend all of his own team’s playoff games, why was he suddenly at this one? Was he scouting potential coaches such as the Grizzlies Lionel Hollins or…

  3. Vinny Del Negro rips DeAndre Jordan after Clippers’ loss

    May 1, 2013, 10:54 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Five

    We said this before the season and we said it before the start of the playoffs — the fate of the Clippers really hinged on two things: 1) Playing good defense (they allowed the Grizzlies more than 100 points In Game 5 and had a defensive rating of 111.3). 2) DeAndre Jordan needed to play…

  4. Karl on Lakers/Thunder dominance — that’s summer talk.

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:46 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    The general consensus — and you can throw me in with the majority here — is that the race in the West is for third. Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers are going to battle it out for the top two seeds in the regular season, then they are going to meet in the…

  5. No pressure Vinny Del Negro, but it’s the last year of your contract

    Sep 27, 2012, 9:55 AM EST

    Vinny Del Negro

    All season long the talk around the Los Angeles Clippers will be about contracts — Chris Paul will be a free agent next summer. It’s the smart move financially for him to become a free agent and re-sign with the Clippers, but that free agency gives him leverage. Enough leverage that pretty much every player…

  6. Clippers taking their time with coach Vinny Del Negro

    May 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    It is a question Clippers management has been asking itself since the day after they traded for Chris Paul: Is Vinny Del Negro the right coach to lead this team as a contender? The Clippers have an option on Del Negro for next season but are not making any quick decisions, GM Neil Olshey told…

  7. Clippers players say “it’s not him, it’s me” about Del Negro

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:24 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro watches a free throw during their NBA game against Minnesota

    One of the rights of passage for an embattled coach — and make no mistake, Vinny Del Negro is an embattled coach, even the most reasoned of Clippers writers are talking change now — is for the players to rally to the defense of their coach. The “it’s not you, it’s me” lines pour out.…

  8. New night, same problems haunt Clippers in loss to Hornets

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:48 PM EST

    Blake Griffin

    Three games in three nights. Three losses. Each seemingly uglier than the last. Right now, the Clippers are not a good basketball team, and coach Vinny Del Negro could pay the price for that. A night after Del Negro’s postgame tirade at his team after it was blown out by the Oklahoma City Thunder, the…

  9. Clippers crossroads: Is Vinny Del Negro’s job in danger?

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:23 AM EST

    Vinny Del Negro

    The Clippers are regressing. They have gone 7-11 since Chauncey Billups went down with his Achilles injury and they have looked a mess, including a blowout loss to the Thunder Wednesday. The Clippers have not played good defense all season but early on their offense was able to overwhelm teams — Chris Paul in the…

  10. Clippers hold hour-long, closed-door meeting after ugly loss

    Mar 16, 2012, 6:35 PM EST

    Vinny Del Negro, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    The Clippers blew a 12-point fourth quarter lead at home to a Phoenix Suns team playing without Steve Nash or Grant Hill. That is pretty much the textbook definition of an ugly loss. The Clippers have had a number of losses lately, most accompanied by some poor end-of-game execution. Take the ball out Chris Paul’s…

  11. Video: Kevin Love’s game winning three beats Clippers

    Jan 21, 2012, 8:28 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love was the happiest man in the building. (His agent, Dan Fegan, who is trying to get him a contract extension and was in the building, may have been second). How did this play go down? We present to you a quote from each of the coaches, then we will let you draw your…

  12. Vinny del Negro on Chris Paul: “He’s gonna lose a few pounds”

    Dec 19, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers point guard Paul stands with coach Del Negro as he holds his new jersey after a news conference in Playa Vista

    The Clippers had their first scrimmage — and Chris Paul’s second ever practice with the team — on Sunday and Clipper fans were ecstatic. As they should be. By all reports Paul looked pretty good but like a guy trying to find his way on a new team. After the game, Clippers coach Vinny del…

  13. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    Eric Bledsoe, Chris Paul

    Last season: 32-50, or to frame it in context, 13th place in the West out of 15 teams. Head Coach: Vinny Del Negro, who, after the team successfully traded for Chris Paul, is now officially on the hot seat. VDN has yet to prove he can be successful coaching at the NBA level, and if…

  14. Phil Jackson is retired, still picking up endorsement deals

    Sep 9, 2011, 6:46 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Phil Jackson is no longer an NBA coach. He also remains the most recognizable and marketable coach out there. So he is still picking up endorsement deals and doing commercials, like the one below for Audi. Which is a pretty clever little ad. Note to Vinny Del Negro, if you want a few of these…

  15. League good with Jordan, locked-out NBA players golfing together

    Jul 14, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    Quail Hollow Championship- Pro Am

    As he has done for years, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan will be at Lake Tahoe this weekend golfing in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. So will Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Jason Kidd, Deron Williams and Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro. They’ll all be hanging out together. Most years this shouldn’t strike you as…

  16. Clippers Eric Gordon re-injures wrist, will miss games

    Mar 6, 2011, 8:00 AM EST

    Eric Gordon injured

    All the flashes going off every time Blake Griffin goes up for a dunk blinded people to the fact the Clippers desperately missed Eric Gordon. He was the outside balance to Griffin, and it was Gordon that was the Clippers leading scorer (23.7 a game). The Clippers had gone 4-14 after Gordon went down Jan.…

  17. Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley and the importance of pre-draft interviews

    Feb 3, 2011, 11:20 PM EST

    080626-derrick-rose-vmed-5p.standard

    When we talk about draft picks we discuss athleticism, outside shot, basketball IQ, college success, vertical leap and the other things we as fans can see and measure. But maturity and passion for the game and the craft matter more in how a player develops. Competitiveness matters a lot. We can’t measure it, and a…

  18. If Blake Griffin makes All-Star Game, expect him to miss Rookie Challenge

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:57 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Blake Griffin is on the bubble for being selected to play in the All-Star Game as a rookie (we have him in, but mostly for the entertainment factor). Everyone (including the Clippers) will find out Thursday. If he does make the cut to play the game in his home arena, expect him to skip out…

  19. Why the Clippers are winning — things got simpler and players bought in

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:24 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Clippers

    Wednesday night the Clippers had their coming out party, beating the Miami Heat at their own game — the Clippers were more athletic, they were the ones hitting threes, they were the ones carving up a defense with penetration. Those Clippers are radically different from the ones that started the season 1-13. What happened? While…

  20. Video proof: Baron Davis still has hops

    Jan 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Clippers

    We were telling you this in talking about the Clippers win over the Heat — Baron Davis has been playing well lately. He’s not running down and just jacking up threes early in the clock (well, one time against Miami), he’s running the offense. Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro talked about how he brings some…

  21. Baron Davis says he doesn’t want Clippers to trade him

    Dec 27, 2010, 8:41 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers are shopping Baron Davis, hoping to move him and his contract that has two years and $28.6 million left after this season. Chris Kaman has been mentioned as part of those talks in hopes of sweetening the pot. But Davis doesn’t want to be traded, he told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse. “It’s tough…

  22. Baron Davis’ bad day: Out with knee issue, ripped by coach

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:02 PM EST

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    If Baron Davis breaks into a chorus of Boomtown Rats — “I don’t like Mondays” — it would be hard to blame him. He is sitting out Monday night’s Clipper game against the San Antonio Spurs due to pain in his problem left knee. As his coach Vinny Del Negro was announcing that to the…

  23. Randy Foye out with hamstring sprain, Eric Bledsoe gets his chance

    Oct 31, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

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    The Clippers this season have started Baron Davis at point guard, which has gone about as expected. Meh. When he’s gone to the bench, Randy Foye has gotten the backup minutes. He has not impressed. He’s not shooting much but when he has he’s missed (shooting 30 percent on the season). The team’s second unit…

  24. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

    Oct 22, 2010, 6:06 PM EST

    Clippers_huddle

    Last season: 29-53, a season that seemed lost when Blake Griffin fractured his kneecap landing after a monster dunk in the preseason. But only the Clippers can find ways to bring that down even farther: there was the Mike Dunleavy firing (which is on its way to court), Baron Davis checked out mentally, then there…

  25. Blake Griffin misses game with sprained ankle… don’t go there. This is different.

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    griffin_dunk

    Blake Griffin sat out the Clippers preseason game Sunday night with a sprained ankle and… Don’t go there. Just don’t. This is a tweak of the ankle, not some major knee issue, Clippers coach Vinny del Negro told the LA Times. “To be honest with you, I was kind of thinking about giving him the…

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