Apr 30, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro on the bench at the end of game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center. Grizzlies won 103-93. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

How Hot Is Vinny Del Negro's Seat?

As the Clippers’ season seems to lie in shambles, they’re looking to make some staffing changes by removing Vinny Del Negro as their head coach. This move seems evident because the Clippers have had some pretty terrible seasons under him, and only have seemed to thrive since Chris Paul has entered the rotation. It may be sad to see him go.

Right now, there are plenty of good coaches such as Stan Van Gundy out there. Of course, Blake Griffin’s bum ankle plays a huge role in deciding the fate of Del Negro, because it’s not his fault, but it looks bad if the injury happened in practice, and Del Negro still let Griffin play. He is a game-time decision for game six, possible the Clippers’ last game of the season.

With that being said, if he doesn’t produce and has a meaningless season, yet again, his job is going to be terminated. This is going to be a hot topic this summer. With so many coaches already being relieved of duties, or fired, Del Negro must be letting the pressure get to him. Having a talented team to coach easily makes you look good, but whether or not that team can makes the finals is a huge factor.

This is why some credit has to go to Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat, who has done an excellent job in organizing his team of three, arguably four, superstars. Del Negro hasn’t seemed to be able to do that, and now that Griffin is injured, won’t really have a say in anything. His team was god-awful before Paul came to town, and now that he’s lost another superstar, it’s going to be tough for him, but he’s going to have to pull off a Clipper win to at least secure his job, a little bit.

The Clippers have had some good times this season with their incredibly lengthy winning streak at 17, but also have had some bad times like their soon-to-be failed season. With injury taking its victim, the Clippers looked like they could make it to the conference finals because the Thunder lost Westbrook.  Now, however, it looks like they’re going to bestow that honor onto the Grizzlies.

It’s going to be a long off-season for the Clippers, trying to find a replacement for Del Negro, if he doesn’t perform, and re-singing Chris Paul, but the Clippers will find someone. Until Del Negro shows he’s worthy of keeping, he will continue to be on the hottest of seats.



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