As quick as the news broke on Chris Paul being angry at the Los Angeles Clippers after throwing him under the bus concerning Vinny Del Negro, Gary Saks, vice president of basketball operations released a statement defending Paul:
“The decision not to extend a contract to Vinny Del Negro was an organizational decision from the top down,” Clippers vice president of basketball operations Gary Sacks said. “Our front office evaluated the season and Vinny’s three years here before making this move, and our conclusion and feeling was that we needed a change.”
“Our goal is to compete for a championship and I felt that in order for us to keep improving, we needed to make this move to help us achieve that goal,” Sacks said. “With the talent we have on our roster, it’s not our goal just to make the playoffs. It’s our goal to compete for a championship, and we need to find the right person who can lead us there.”
via Clips: We decided to fire coach – ESPN Los Angeles
This is the perfect example of attempting to save face. The Clippers know they need Chris Paul to continue being a respectable franchise. They also know that there are enough options in free agency as to where he could walk away.
ESPN also noted that Clips owner Donald Sterling wasn’t “available” for comment.