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Vinny Del Negro Not Returning As Clippers Coach

After 3 years in charge in Los Angeles, Vinny Del Negro will not be returning as coach of the Clippers. Yahoo Sports! Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news this afternoon.

 

The Clippers, with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin leading the way, had regular season success the last two seasons. They were one of the most exciting teams in basketball but never found postseason success in a tough Western Conference. Last year they fought past the Grizzlies in the first round, but were then swept by the Spurs. This year, after winning the first two games, lost four straight to the Grizzlies to bow out in the first round.

There has been speculation of Del Negro not returning for quite some time now, so the news was no surprise. It will be interesting to see who the Clippers go after. Stan Van Gundy, who was high on a number of teams lists, said today that he would not be coaching next year.

Whoever the Clippers decide on will surely have the approval of Chris Paul. The star point guard is a free agent, but is expected to return to Los Angeles.

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  • Frank Justice

    Billups and Odom are way past their prime. Jordan is a poor man’s Tyson Chandler. Blake Griffin is as good as he is going to get, and that is a great player when he is inside the offensive paint, but a journeyman in every other aspect of the game. Paul is the only star on this team, and if he is wise, he will look at signing with another team that can offer a chance at a title.

    • http://twitter.com/jmaloney9 Jack Maloney

      Ya, this team is not a title contender with the current roster