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Clippers focus on Del Negro, Casey

Posted on: June 26, 2010 4:22 pm
Edited on: June 26, 2010 4:25 pm
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The Clippers, who have moved as deliberately as any team in their offseason coaching search, are leaning strongly toward hiring either Vinny Del Negro or Dwane Casey, three sources confirmed to CBSSports.com.

Unless something goes awry in the interview or negotiating process, the Clippers will be choosing between two former head coaches fired by their previous teams -- and the two finalists for the Bulls' head coaching job when Chicago hired Del Negro two years ago. Del Negro and Casey are expected to interview with team president Andy Roeser and GM Neil Olshey early next week.

Rather than bring in a half dozen candidates for interviews, the Clippers have conducted a thorough background search on candidates before sitting down face-to-face with them. It is anticipated, but not a foregone conclusion, that the Clippers will have a coach in place in time for the start of the free-agent negotiating period that begins July 1. With an attractive young roster including Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon and No. 8 pick Al-Farouq Aminu, plus about $27 million in cap space to attract free agents, the Clippers' job actually was one of the better opportunities available on the NBA's coaching merry-go-round this summer.

Besides the deliberative nature of the search, one of the sources with knowledge of the situation said persistent overtures from Bobcats coach Larry Brown have slowed the process. But it appears that Brown will remain in Charlotte -- and, in any event, Bobcats GM Rod Higgins presumably will require a firm commitment from his coach at some point. But Brown's inability to become a significant factor in the Clippers' search was "not for his lack of trying," the person familiar with the matter said. Another person directly involved in the process handicapped Brown's chances of landing with the Clippers as "one in a billion."




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Since: Jun 8, 2010
Posted on: June 28, 2010 12:16 pm
 

Clippers focus on Del Negro, Casey

The biggest knock on Del Negro when he was nammed the Bull's coach was that he had zero coaching experience.  At least you can't say that anymore............................




Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2010 7:19 pm
 

Clippers focus on Del Negro, Casey

Should be Woodson. He has taken a team with a woeful record and built them up to take them to the playoffs in consecutive years. He has done this on a Sterling type wage, whilst dealing with bad management and player ego's. Aside from that he is an ex-Clip who had a few good games for them. He deserves a head coaching role in the NBA and he is the right fit for the Clips.Whether he would want the job...



Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2010 1:52 pm
 

Clippers focus on Del Negro, Casey

I want a better coach but out of all the names I've seen come up for us it was Casey who i would want coaching our team. He never got a fair chance in Minny and had no talent there either. Everything I've heard about Casey is that players love him wherever he coached and he's a good teacher. To me thats a perfect guy for us. Especially if he can get along with BD and have him playing at a high level.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2010 11:41 pm
 

Clippers focus on Del Negro, Casey

clippers and donald "duck" sterling.  'nough said. LOL.  if clippers fan "are" smart, they would boycott the clippers until the Duck sells the team, or at least controlling share of the team. BOYCOTT!!




Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2010 10:13 pm
 

Clippers focus on Del Negro, Casey

Unless something goes awry in the interview or negotiating process, the Clippers will be choosing between two former head coaches fired by their previous teams -- and the two finalists for the ' head coaching job when Chicago hired Del Negro two years ago. Del Negro and Casey are expected to interview with team president Andy Roeser and GM Neil Olshey early next week.Wow. Dwane Casey or Vinny Del Negro? Surely the coaching field can offer better candidates than these two guys. What about Byron Scott? What about Lawrence Frank? What about Mike Brown? You can't tell me that these are the two best guys available in this off-season!

Dwane Casey may indeed be a good coach, but he has hardly proved it. And although his only previous head-coaching spot was with the woeful Minnesota Timberwolves, which means we must cut him a little slack, he was not exactly a spark for the team. And he has no other head-coaching experience whatsoever. This is the guy who can take a team that is in some desperate need of leadership to he next step?

And Vinny Del Negro? This is a guy, who, as I wrote in a previous comment when he was fired by the Bulls, deserves another chance, but I hardly think that the Clippers is a good opportunity for either Del Negro or for the Clippers themselves. Del Negro is a coaching neophyte and he has no rings either as a coach or as a player. He was apparently popular in the locker room in Chicago, but that in and of itself is not a strong enough reason to hire him. If I were the Clippers, knowing that they have one of the more attractive coaching vacancies in the NBA, I think I would have held out for a more veteran coach with a bit more of a resume. Yes, I know Scott is waiting to see what will happen in Laker-land, but surely the CLippers could have waited. And he is a guy with two Finals appearances and a solid resume. The same can be said for MIke Brown - a defensive coach who could get the Clippers' young core ready to take the next step. And of course Lawrence Frank, who took over for Scott in New Jersey, is a coach who also has some solid credentials at this point. Any of those three would have ben a far superior candidate for the CLippers over Casey or Del Negro. 

Ultimately, I have to say that if these are the Clippers' top choices, they are not trying to seriously improve the organization - they are looking for a cheap coach who can be used - once again - as a scapegoat for the management's bad decisions. And to me, that is a pity. The Clippers have too much talent for them to be the eternal laughingstock that they have devolved into since Donald Sterling bought the team.



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