Monday, December 19th, 2011 at 10:15 am  |  21 responses

Vinny Del Negro on Chris Paul: ‘He’s Gonna Lose a Few Pounds’

Everyone in Los Angeles is still too busy celebrating the arrival of Chris Paul to worry about anything else. Well, everyone but his coach, who hints that the star point guard is a little too heavy and slow at the moment. From ESPN: “Paul, in his seventh year in the NBA, looked a tad slower than his normal speedy self on the court Sunday. Wearing a red long-sleeved shirt under his blue practice jersey, he took it somewhat easy — even trying one All-Star Game-like juke move near the basket that led to a turnover. And he didn’t connect with superstar forward Blake Griffin on an alley-oop, as many hoped. But he did find leaper DeAndre Jordan in the air for a dunk, and he assisted two of Griffin’s four makes on the day. He shot 3-of-6 from the field in total in leading the Clippers’ five-man starting unit to a 35-32 overtime win over the backups. But, in general, it was easy to see where the hype comes from. His shot was silky-smooth in pregame warmups, and he calmly directed the team toward the end of the scrimmage in a manner previous Clipper point guards never appeared to master. ‘He’s gonna lose a few pounds, he’s gonna feel a little bit better,’ Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said of Paul. ‘Right now, when you come in, the play-sets are a little bit different, the terminology’s a little bit different. It’s easier, because he’s been around and he knows a lot of this stuff. In this game, if you’re a step slow, you’re in trouble. Every day, he’ll get a little bit more comfortable.’ Paul was cleared to practice only Saturday night for the Clippers, after being traded from the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday and arriving in L.A. on Thursday. He was delayed making his debut by former Clippers center Chris Kaman, who didn’t take his physical in New Orleans until mid-afternoon Saturday.”

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  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    He has always been like that.

  • tomtom

    He chubby.

  • Sparker

    yeah, and he once dunked on dwight howard one-on-one

  • T-Money

    he’s right – paul got fat during the lockout.

  • LA Huey

    Sh!tty coach. That is all.

  • robb

    he’s also gonna lose a few games, starting tonight.

  • riggs

    ugh why is he still a coach…

  • Waggle

    LOL @ Robb

  • Sean

    Nothing Vinny DelNegro says should be reported ‘cos nobody cares…unless hes demoting himself to coaching elementary school hoops…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-V-gL23TMg IAMORANGE4EVER

    I cannot wait to see the Clippers vs Lakers on NBA TV tonight.

  • Zack

    Cosign that guy ^^^

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujL1Ur9dXqE&feature=related nbk

    Del Negro was later heard saying “I will also lose us more than a few games as an inept coach”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    cp3 does need to drop a few pounds, he has noticeably become a little chubby.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    ever since they picked up Billups, what´s the word on Williams and Bledsoe?

  • Shecky Shabazz

    @sparker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDjzvJYWtoc not quite a one-on-one but still

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    They are worried about wording getting out that they are being shopped. I think the whole roster outside of the starting lineup is on the block though.

  • feez_22

    chris paul has been needing to drop a couple pounds since the 09 season. but IMO the clippers need to drop a certain coach first. i mean c-mon… del neg is horrible.

  • shuref00t

    Cajun food will do that to you. Just lay off the Popeyes.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Apparently the day of the Chris Paul trade former coach(s) called the Clippers extending their offer to replace Del Negro. Or something along those lines.

  • MLK4Life

    So no one remembers Del Negro coaching a team led by rookie Derrick Rose to a Game 7 against the defending champ Boston Celtics as a first year coach? Oh okay. Cool.

  • Justin G.

    No MLK because that would make them look stupid