Following an early exit in the first round, the Clippers are going into a period with a lot of questions. For example, who’s going to be their starting point guard next season, or who’s going to be their head coach next season? The future of the team really depends on the signing of Chris Paul, a guy who really made the Clippers good, and helped them get to the playoffs and clinch home court advantage.
Up 2-0 in the series, the Clippers were looking really good, putting themselves in a position to put the Grizzlies away easily. Unfortunately for them, however, they dropped four straight games, and were booted out of the playoffs by the Memphis Grizzlies, who now have a 2-1 lead on the Oklahoma City Thunder. It may be because the Grizzlies are a fairly good basketball team, the coaching of Vinny Del Negro, or the injury to Blake Griffin. Either way, something is going to have to change. The Clippers are “confident” that Paul will re-sign, so will there need to be a change in coaching?
The dream of getting Phil Jackson to coach the Clippers is long gone, but the Clippers could still get a decent coach with a good background. There’s plenty of good ones out there. Not saying that Del Negro should be immediately fired and taken over, but it may be time for a change, as the Clippers haven’t been able to get it together in the postseason. Again, it may be because of inexperience, and lack of chemistry, but after an unsuccessful playoff stint like this one, people go into panic mode and get angry if there’s no big changes.
1. Change of Coaching:
Don’t get me wrong, Vinny Del Negro is a decent coach with a lot to offer, but without Chris Paul, who knows where he would be? In his first year with the Clippers, they had a losing season, and started winning right when they acquired Paul. It may be a coincidence, but considering that he is one of the best point guards in the league, I don’t think that it is. Whether the Clippers higher Stan Van Gundy or PJ Carelismo, it has to be done if they want to have some postseason success.
2. Drafting a Power Forward:
Before you freak out, I’m not saying that the Clippers should replace Blake Griffin next year. I’m simply saying that they need a capable backup power forward in case Griffin gets injured again. In these playoffs, it was hard to see him take a couple of falls and fall to injury. The Clippers tried to play him off the bench, but he just wasn’t doing well. Now, however, in the NBA Draft, the Clippers have a chance to get some insurance and draft a power forward, because Ronny Turiaf isn’t exactly the best option.