May 3, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro looks on from the bench against the Memphis Grizzlies in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at FedEx Forum. The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 118-105. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
The Los Angeles Clippers have announced that they will not renew the contract for head coach Vinny Del Negro. This comes after the Clippers disappointing first round loss to the Memphis Grizzlies three weeks ago.
After Los Angeles won the first two games of the series, they dropped four in a row, and looked like a completely different, dysfunctional team from the squad that won 56 games in the regular season.
Del Negro was hired by the Clippers in July 2010 after two years as head coach of the Chicago Bulls. After two 41-41 playoff seasons in Chicago, Del Negro coached the Clippers to their first division title this season.
While the Clippers have seen success in the last two seasons, there had been plenty of tensions between Del Negro and some of the players in the locker room, mostly stemming from playing time. The latest altercation came in April, when reports surfaced that a few of the Clippers players had been feuding with the coaching staff about playing time.
As one of the most talented teams, and one of the deepest teams in the league, it’ll be interesting to see which direction the organization goes. They have to figure out what they want to do with Chris Paul, and if they want to continue to stack their roster with talented veterans.