Vinny Del Negro Proving Critics Wrong by Coaching L.A. Clippers to Elite Status

December 4th, 2012 by Oren Friedman Leave a reply »
A month ago, it would have been hard to fathom Vinny Del Negro coaching the Western Conference All-Star team. 

With the Los Angeles Clippers among the NBA's elite early into the season, seeing Del Negro on the sidelines in Houston is a realistic possibility.

Despite having the greatest point guard on the planet in Chris Paul and one of the most dynamic big men in the game in Blake Griffin, Del Negro was often criticized for his basic offensive sets and lackluster team defense.

His tenure in Chicago spoke for itself.

While Del Negro was impressive in taking an overachieving Bulls team to the playoffs in both of his seasons as head coach, Chicago never really took off until Del Negro was replaced by defensive tactician Tom Thibodeau. 

Just two seasons ago, Vinny Del Negro was brought in to coach a developing Los Angeles Clippers squad headed by precocious young guns Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon. 

Last season’s trade for Chris Paul instantly changed expectations for the franchise as the coach was now responsible for steering a perennial contender.

Accordingly, Del Negro has floated ...

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