Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 at 10:35 am  |  14 responses

Vinny Del Negro Enjoying ‘Pressure’ of Coaching the Clippers

Head coach Vinny Del Negro got the unexpected gift of a dramatically revamped Clippers squad, and tells the LA Times that he’s enjoying the increased pressure that comes with coaching such a high-profile team all of a sudden: “Vinny Del Negro eased his way into the Clippers players’ lounge and plopped down in a black chair. His eyes were bright and his spirits were high as he pulled the recliner back and smiled. Life is good being the Clippers coach these days. Sure, the pressure is on Del Negro to succeed with all the talent the Clippers have assembled, but, he said, it’s the kind of challenge he has embraced. ‘The pressure is more exciting to me than not having it because it means people think we’re relevant,’ Del Negro said. ‘I take the pressure as a positive.’ Del Negro rubbed his chin and smiled again after that statement. It had been a long day for Del Negro and his staff. They were putting in extra hours poring over video, analyzing players, making suggestions for the upcoming season. He knows he will be on the proverbial coaching hot seat and that many will critique his every move with a team that has All-Stars Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, Blake Griffin, Caron Butler and Mo Williams.”

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  • Robb

    this guy makes me miss jeff van gundy even more.

  • http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Being-an-absolute-jerk-cost-Kris-Humphries-a-K?urn=ncaab-wp4959 nbk

    The scariest part of VDN, he’s a slum of a coach. And Donald Sterling, is a slum-lord.

  • LA Huey

    This guy’s just enjoying that fact that despite his incompetence, he’s an NBA coach. I believe the Bulls beat the Celtics in 2009 with just about any other coach in the L today.

  • Bug

    COTY, the award you get for having Chris Paul on your team. Right Byron?

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Del Negro might actually be a good fit as coach for the Clippers. With Paul’s ability to run a team and coach himself, Vinny can focus on motivating and developing the players which seem to be his strengths.

  • Mariano

    Any coach that plays his 2 inury-prone star players so much in the pre-season is dumb to me, even if he’s a former Spur

  • http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Being-an-absolute-jerk-cost-Kris-Humphries-a-K?urn=ncaab-wp4959 nbk

    omphalos, Del Negro has no strengths as a coach.. He just has lesser weaknesses.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    haha, once again nbk delivers the goods

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    This blow-dried motherf*cker…Word to Russ

  • http://nbasobrietystrike.blogspot.com/ CoolWhip

    I wonder if the Clips had this same team at the time they were looking for a coach if they even give Del Negro a look, let alone a chance.

  • ab40

    Deandre Jordan = Mark Eaton, Blake Griffin = Karl Malone, Chris Paul = John Stockton, and Vinny del Negro is the coach with the simple unimpresive playbook who is strict to his players like Jerry Sloan. They fit the mold and history repeats itself. So I’m not banking on the Clips winning a chip anytime soon but they will be a lot of fun to watch this season. Let’s hope they stay healthy. Brook Lopez is a borderline all star and he’s out two months at the least and Kobe is out untill february. Let’s hope most of the leauge stay healthy.

  • bull22

    @nbk but yet you never coached an nba game in your life idiot… TV couch coaching must really mean alot to you…

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    When did I say I did? Bull22 King of the stupids.

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

    Hey… the King of The Stupids would be offended that you put him and bull22 in the same bracket.