How long will Del Negro last?
Vinny Del Negro | Clippers
Since his first head coaching job with the Bulls and so far during his tenure with the Clippers, Vinny Del Negro hasn't exactly garnered the most sterling reputation.
And with an influx of talent centered around Chris Paul this season, Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated describes his situation as such: "Suddenly, and willingly, he is on the best kind of hot seat, having been given the sort of talent that makes his job both easier and harder in the final guaranteed season of his contract."
ESPN's John Hollinger and Chad Ford touched on Del Negro on Wednesday, and neither see him as a long-term fit.
Which could mean the Clippers may be looking for a new coach this summer -- if not sooner.
-- Ryan Corazza
ESPN's John Hollinger
Del Negro may not be the guy for Clippers
"Which leads us back to the ringleader, Vinny Del Negro. The fact that the Chicago Bulls improved dramatically immediately after replacing him can be seen as both good news and bad news for Clippers fans, given that he's in the last year of his contract. But if somebody is going to make this jumble into something more than the sum of its McNugget-esque parts, Vinny doesn't seem to be the guy. When Paul isn't on the court to run pick-and-roll on every trip, the offense is a disorganized mess; even when CP3 plays, it's baffling why Griffin is doing so much pick-and-pop and so little rolling to the rim. Offense aside, every night produces its own strategic head-scratcher. On Tuesday, for instance, the Clippers went a two-minute stretch of the second quarter with a quintet of Courtney Fortson, Travis Leslie, Trey Thompkins, Gomes and Evans. Yes, it's a back-to-back-to-back and guys were missing, but having at least one player on the court capable of making a basket seems relatively important. This looked like a failure to have a plan coming in. Finally, there's the defense -- the area where the Bulls improved so dramatically post-Vinny, and the area where the Clippers don't seem to be making much progress. L.A. is below average in each of Dean Oliver's 'four factors,' with a No. 27 rank in opponent free throw rate underscoring their mistake-prone-ness."
ESPN's Chad Ford
Clippers need to get rid of Del Negro
"If the Clippers don't fire Vinny Del Negro soon ... I think that says all you need to know about whether the Clippers are serious about becoming a real contender."