Twitter is taking a break from keeping tabs on the LeBron James saga long enough to report that the Clippers are set to name Vinny Del Negro as their next head coach.
Del Negro was most recently the head coach of the Chicago Bulls, where his most noteworthy accomplishment seemed to be getting in a well-publicized shoving match with the team’s GM, John Paxson.
A more honest account of Del Negro’s tenure in Chicago would mention the development of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, but I’m not really in the mood to jump on the Del Negro bandwagon just yet.
Del Negro was competing against Dwayne Casey for the Clippers’ job and I would have much rather Casey been named the team’s coach, as he has much more experience as an assistant coach and is widely regarded to be a superior tactical mind.
The fact that Del Negro is leaving a dysfunctional situation that was at least partially due to his behavior does not afford me the optimism of thinking that the Clippers have made a wise decision in naming him the team’s latest coach.