Tuesday, May 27th, 2008 at 2:05 pm  |  28 responses

Possible Phoenix Suns coach: Vinnie Del Negro

By Sam Rubenstein

As the playoffs continue, and the pre-draft stuff heats up, there is one question on everybody’s mind. Who will coach the Phoenix Suns? One possible candidate is Vinny Del Negro. He has been an assistant general manager after some time as a radio analyst. But there’s something else on Vinny’s mind.

“It (coaching) has always been tugging at me,” said Del Negro, who closed a 14-year NBA playing career in Phoenix. “I really enjoy the people in the organization. I enjoy the business part of it, but this process has opened my eyes to the passion I have for coaching.”

So, a guy with no coaching experience to lead a MUST WIN NOW team with Shaq on it, who is no fan of playing for coaches without multiple championship rings. If you read more of the story, it looks like Steve Kerr is big on players we remember as players but not really as coaches. For a veteran team, that’s an “interesting” move.

His last year as a player on the Spurs was the year before they won their first title in the Pop-Duncan era. He’s the Donnie Baseball of the Spurs! He was a staple of all those Spurs teams that were considered too soft to get to the Finals. The Phoenix Suns know about that already.

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  • Silky Slim

    Any coach who takes this gig will instantly be on the hot seat!

  • Silky Slim

    Most NBA teams are regular season teams. A few NBA teams are playoff teams. Phoenix is a regular season team. Sure Phoenix will win a lot of games, during the regular season, but come playoff time they’re going nowhere.

  • Los Man

    Give me Mark Jackson as the new head coach and I will be happy.

  • http://firemitchkupchak.com Reggie Evans

    Let the Ginobili look-a-like jokes begin.

  • http://washedupplayer.blogspot.com/ RiseKing

    I remember when Vinny played on those terrible Kings teams of the late ’80′s. If he can comprise a coaching staff of Kenny Smith, LaSalle Thompson, Brad Lohaus, and Rodney McCray, we may be onto something…

  • rainman10

    Why do people think Mark Jackson is the answer for this team?

  • riggs

    he was the answer for the knicks, the suns? not as much.

  • rainman10

    The Suns need a coach with experience, not necessarily championship experience, but a coach that can handle veterans and get them to produce. That’s all Doc Rivers has been asked to do.

  • jbas

    steve nash player/coach?

  • rainman10

    I like it. Charles Oakley bench coach.

  • ciolkstar

    Vinny del Negro is one of my all-time favorite names. I got an autograph from him (and Sean Elliot)at a promotional appearance at a Radio Shack. I remember Popp of whoever our coach was used to kill this guy. nicknamed him “Ofer” (0for 5, 0 for 7,…) after a stretch of terrible playoff games.

  • daHiVE

    from that same article: Knowing that Kerr’s “mentality is to go with someone experienced with a veteran team,” Del Negro said he would be interested in starting his coaching career as an assistant.

  • Shawn Bradley Jr.

    to raiman10 : i agree. to challenge the spurs in the play-offs, the suns need coach Oakley. and Anthony Mason. and maybe Bill Laimbeer.

  • Sparker

    steve kerr is a dumbass, part 2?

  • rainman10

    I’m I correct in saying that all the Suns need is one more perimeter defender?

  • http://myspace.com/mrdyalekt d.Y.

    Actually, I think the Nash player/coach thing jbas mentioned isn’t any worse than these other options. Too bad Next Town Brown went to Charlotte. Shaq deserves him.

  • http://spaceshipjay/myspace.com Spaceship Jay

    Dammit!!! Reggie Evans beat me by a LOOONG shot. I don’t even want to say anything now. But wait, Steve Kerr is still working?

  • http://yahoo BOOM shaka LOCKA

    Vinny Was the man on NBA Jams Tournament Edition……

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    if steve wants to hire his former teammates, why doesnt he do the right thing and get A-V-E-R-Y–J-O-H-N-S-O-N-? Or a former opponet in sam mittchel.

  • jbas

    haha, no doubt DY. steve nash player/coach/gm/vp of ops?

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Sam R.: you did read that Del Negro wanted to start his career as an assistant, right? So even though the article starts out that he’s interviewed for the head coach position, again, he himself wants to be an assistant first.
    In fact: Steve Kerr himself has said over and over again that he won’t go into coaching because (among other reasons) he doesn’t have the experience yet. Regardless who they are interviewing, everything points to the fact that the Suns want a veteran coach.
    (is Paul Silas still in the running for a coaching vacancy after not getting the Bobcats job? I heard a rumor some weeks ago about the Suns, but I don’t think they talked to him)

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    rainman >>>>> apparently thats what Raja Bell got his defensive 2nd team award for???…

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Bring in Jerry Tarkanian…

  • rainman10

    That’s why I said ANOTHER perimeter defender.

  • Steve

    It’s all about money for the Suns. Hiring these assistance and rookie are much cheaper than established coaches. Server is killing the Suns slowly.

  • http://thedimemachine.multiply.com/ Chou

    Somebody give Paul Silas a job.

  • Los Man

    we need someone that can create their own shot

  • Nas