Chris Paul had nothing to do with Vinny Del Negro’s firing. He has made it clear that he’s not happy with such allegations. The Los Angeles Clippers organization made the decision to not extend Del Negro’s contract based on the current direction of this team.
Vinny Del Negro was originally brought into Los Angeles to coach a young group of guys. He was the perfect coach to develop Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan. He brought in experience from his time in Chicago. As the Chicago Bulls head coach, he coached players like Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah. At the time of his arrival, the Clippers were a struggling team in the Western Conference.
The arrival of Chris Paul in Los Angeles changed everything. He instantly changed the culture and the Clippers were on the verge of becoming one of the best teams in the NBA. The Clippers are desperately in need of a better coach. They need someone who can take them to the next level. They have the talent, they just need the right guidance and Del Negro is not the man. It’s just that simple. Bring in a new head coach, because time is of the essence.
Gary Sacks, the Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Clippers, went on to address the media about CP3 being a “coach killer.” Sacks has said that the decision to not retain Del Negro was purely an “organizational” move.
So why is Paul getting all this unnecessary heat? It’s all because Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, the man who is responsible for creating the mess that CP3 helped clean up, threw his superstar point guard under the bus in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.