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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at 11:30 am  |  33 responses

Vinny Del Negro Critical of Sputtering Clippers


by Marcel Mutoni@ marcel_mutoni

The LA Clippers have lost three in a row, and head coach Vinny Del Negro is one unhappy fella.

The Indiana Pacers hung on for a tough 109-106 road win last night, and Del Negro ripped his team for its inability to break out of their current slump. Vinny blames a lack of effort, inattention to detail on the defensive end, and poor play from the starting unit.

Per ESPN and the LA Daily News:

After Del Negro called out his players for their lack of effort in a loss to the Houston Rockets Saturday night, then wondered aloud if it would be present Monday night, the Clippers no-showed for much of the game. A bench-led rally provided them a couple of chances to tie the game near the end on a pair of 3-pointers, but it would have been an undeserved reward for an incomplete performance. Del Negro didn’t even bite on a question that tried to spin the conversation toward the valiant effort by the backup group of Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Crawford, Ryan Hollins, Lamar Odom and Matt Barnes. “I’m just disappointed,” Del Negro said after the Pacers prevailed 109-106. “Just not enough effort from the starters to get us off to a good start, or a consistent 48 minutes of effort.”

“We played great in the second half,” Chris Paul said. “It was just that we had to play almost perfect in order to win.” [...] “Our first unit, it was disappointing how we played,” Paul said. “We didn’t come out and play with any type of intensity, we weren’t getting stops and if not for our second unit … the game would have been over a long time ago and I think that starts with me.”

Chris Paul and his teammates accepted the blame for the poor outing, but that can only go so far.

Should the Clippers’ woes continue come Playoff time — they’ve lost 6 of their last 10 ballgames, and are hanging on to the 4th spot in the Western Conference — the glare will turn solely to Vinny Del Negro. That’s just the way things work in the NBA.

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  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Physician, heal thyself

  • roscoe

    LAC problem = FTs

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    So, Vinny Del Negro tried to get Chris Paul to call timeout last night….
    . Paul acted like he was listening, and then ignored Del Negro and tried to sneak in for a layup….
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    he missed, Indiana got the ball, came down and hit a 3. the lead ballooned to 16, LAC could never catch up after that.
    .
    if you look at the final score, you could argue that Chris Paul completely blowing off VDN is what ultimately lost them, or at least brought them out of contention for winning that game.

  • shockexchange

    (Denny Green voice) “Clippers … They were who we thought they were!”

  • spit hot fiyah

    instead everone will blame del Negro since that is the popular thing to do and act like Chris paul can do no wrong

  • Lil_Stratboy

    well, ain’t he a babyface assassin in every way possible?

  • Anthony Dixon

    yea i can tell they don’t like VDN… i seen BG argue with him multiple times on the court. CP3 wants Byron Scott

  • Anthony Dixon

    if VDN gets fired, will ya blame CP3 the same way dwill was blamed?

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    man the Clippers still have no semblance of a half-court offense and I don’t blame Chris Paul. In fact, the only reason they get halfway decent looks is because of Chris Paul.
    Remember, Tom Thibodeau came behind Vinny in Chicago and made that team into a legit contender with very few new parts. The problem isn’t the players.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yep. except, most of us believe VDN shouldn’t be coaching that team anyway. so it’s different.

  • Anthony Dixon

    Yea i see no one likes VDN for them lol.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Chris Paul waving off Popovich is news. Chris Paul waving off Vinny Del Negro is called KYP. Know Your Personnel.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    D-Will was playing awful. CP3 is a top 4 MVP candidate. If VDN gets fired, CP3 will play a part especially since the organization wants to appease him in order to get him to stay. I wouldn’t blame him as much as I blamed D-Will.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    did you actually see that play tho? Paul definitely should not have ignored VDN in that situation.
    .
    but i don’t think he did it in defiance of VDN, he thought he had a free 2 points. his mistake is in forcing up the layup, rather than seeing his gate closed and calling the preplanned timeout.

  • http://twitter.com/AdonKay Adnan K

    that’s been my argument for years now, of why Vinny should be an assistant at best….
    Thibbs came in and with basically the same roster made Chicago a defensive powerhouse, just absolutely made Vinny look like a rookie….. Vinny is still a rookie, dude has been riding a rookie wall ever since he left Chicago….. he just doesn’t know what he’s doing, and with a roster like the Clippers you have absolutely no excuse not to be puttin out a solid game plan every single night…. his weaknesses as a coach have been showing since Chris Paul came to the Clippers…….. there is no more seasons, playoffs to waste, they need to get rid of Vinny to take that next step into a legitimate contender, the way things are right now, they’re a second round playoff exit team….. I think this is his last season, I am absolutely positive of it

  • roscoe

    that is just a stupid comment.

    team’s win, not a player, not in the L, no matter how much star-power is emphasized.

    wake up.

  • roscoe

    where did u find “CP3 wants Byron S”?

    ik cp3 made the comment in NOLA that he wasn’t happy about Bscott being removed or whatever happened, but that doesn’t mean he wants him as a coach, does it?

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Chris Paul makes teams better. He’s proven himself to be one of the best players in the league at maximizing the talent of everyone around him. He did it in New Orleans and he’s done it in LA.
    If Popovich tells Chris Paul to do something, Chris Paul should do it because Popovich probably has some insight that Paul lacks.
    If Vinny Del Negro tells Paul to do something, he should use his gut to decide whether to listen.
    I’m not arguing about whether the play was the right play. I’m just noting that him waving off Vinny Del Negro makes sense because he’s already proven he knows more about winning basketball games than Vinny Del Negro.

  • jahlal

    Del negro is garbage…the Clips have ZERO half court offense, especially in the 4th quarter, and im sorry but that is solely on the coach…it drives me nuts to watch 4players stand around waiting for cp3 or jamal to create something, that will never win in the playoffs. Del Negro has had so long to implement some kind of offense for them, but has failed on every level, and when they lose in the 2nd round of the playoffs they better start looking for someone better…Im a huge clips fan, but im putting this all on del negro

  • jahlal

    Del negro is garbage…the Clips have ZERO half court offense, especially in the 4th quarter, and im sorry but that is solely on the coach…it drives me nuts to watch 4players stand around waiting for cp3 or jamal to create something, that will never win in the playoffs. Del Negro has had so long to implement some kind of offense for them, but has failed on every level, and when they lose in the 2nd round of the playoffs they better start looking for someone better…Im a huge clips fan, but im putting this all on del negro

  • roscoe

    you’re point has been heard.

    and again it is stupid comment.

    you need a john wooden “pyramid of success” lesson.

    ur attitude is indicative of 2 many players in d’L imo.

    right is right.

  • http://twitter.com/NYCKING BIG ED

    I don’t see either CP3 back with Clips unless someone not named VDN is coaching team. Both CP3 and VDN deals are up at season end.

  • Comment_System

    I would really love Phil Jackson for this team, but that aint gonna happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    If the coach was Popovich, Karl, Sloan, Jackson or Adelman, then it would be a bad PR and basketball move for Paul. But he’s Vinny del Negro. Some players can ignore coaches, especially one of CP3′s caliber, and considering del Negro’s coaching stature. Not to say that its the right move, because its shitty, but its a move CP had to make. He thought he had an easy two. Who would pass that up?

  • Matt

    That’s a terribly narrow-minded (basketball-wise) thing to say. I can point to the previous possessions where the Clippers played terrible defense and LET the lead so high.

  • Matt

    Players argue with coaches all the time.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Point out the one’s that stand out? That one stood out to me, and it seemed like the type of play that could be a signal to a level of dysfunction. Whether it is or not i have no idea, but it did lead to one of, if not the biggest lead of the game. And it didn’t ignite that run that did almost bring them back in it. And I’m not saying one play decides a game, but it can be one of many catalysts

  • Matt

    The Clippers have plenty of sets that they run consistently. They have plenty of action before PNRs and they take good shots for the most part. Just because there aren’t two guys running off screens every possession doesn’t mean that there isn’t a halfcourt offense. The Clippers halfcourt offense is one of the best in the league (according to the numbers) thank you very much.

    If anything, the coaching staff should be working on a defensive scheme to implement. I know that VDN doesn’t like having a defensive scheme because he thinks that they can be exploited too easily, but this roster doesn’t have the kind of personnel that can prevent multiple breakdowns. I mean, as the roster plays together more often they will surely become better on derfense, but the same can be said for guys playing in a working defensive scheme. VDN IMPLEMENT A DEFENSIVE SCHEME OF SOME SORT RATHER THAN HAVING GUYS JUST STICK TO A FEW RULES. THE GOOD DEFENSIVE TEAMS HAVE A DEFINITIVE PLAN.

  • Anthony Dixon

    not on the court … I seen BG throw fits all of the time.

  • Anthony Dixon

    i’m not saying i’m 100% right, just don’t be surprised.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    most player’s pass that up. it’s like any play where everyone knows the offense is going to call timeout so everyone stops defending at the hash mark (8 feet behind the three point line).
    .
    pretty dumb of Paul to think every player would be asleep, and stay asleep while he dribbled 30 feet with the ball towards the rim.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    again, i don’t think Paul did it to ignore his coach. he genuinely thought he was going to get an easy layup. it was just a stupid play by Chris Paul. And one that could hint at something deeper, but no way to know.

  • roscoe

    ah.

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