According to sources the Los Angeles Clippers are in pursuit of a “big name coach” candidate to fill the vacant head coaching position in Clipper Land. The Clippers decided against re-hiring Vinny Del Negro after their historic 56 win season that abruptly ended in the first round versus the Memphis Grizzlies.
Several big name candidates have come up before opening their coaching search with the likes of Lionel Hollins Brian Shaw, Alvin Gentry, Jeff & Stan Van Gundy and Byroon Scott along with lesser a known candidate in Michael Malone, assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors.
Alvin Gentry, who was the Clippers’ head coach from 2000-03, has made his interest in the vacant head coaching job public when he spoke to Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLA.
“If you look at that job, it’s probably the best one out there,” Gentry said of the Clippers’ vacancy Thursday in an interview on ESPNLA 710. “When you take into consideration the talent level that they have and what they did this year.” Alvin Gentry
“It just needs a little tweaking,” Gentry said. “I don’t think you need to have someone come in and do completely the opposite. Vinny [Del Negro] did a good job, and I think everyone knows that. They need someone who can manage egos, that’s huge with that team.
Vinny Del Negro’s Los Angeles Coaching Career:
2010-2011 – 32 Wins & 50 Losses – DNQ for Playoffs
2011-2012 – 40 Wins & 26 Losses – Lost in 2nd Round
2012-1013 – 56 Wins & 26 Losses – Lost in 1st Round
Alvin Gentry’s Los Angeles Coaching Career:
2000-2001 – 31 Wins & 51 Losses – DNQ for Playoffs
2001-2002 – 39 Wins & 43 Losses – DNQ for Playoffs
2002-2003 – 19 Wins & 39 Losses – Fired
“You need someone who can manage the bench. That bench has been great for them and pretty much won probably 10-12 games outright for them. And you need someone who can come up with plays at the end of the game, a little more ball movement maybe.
“They [the Clippers] played Memphis [in the first round of the playoffs], and Memphis, they uglied up the game. It’s a grind with them, and they couldn’t quite get over the hump. But that team is very talented and talented enough that with a few things here and there, they could still be playing right now.”
A decision on the new head for the Los Angeles Clippers is supposed to be completed before the June 27th NBA Draft.
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