I haven't been on here lately, so apologize if this was a topic recently.
ESPN's Chris Broussard is reporting Coach Vinny Del Negro has lost the team and that players are wanting a change. What are everyone's thoughts on this?
Me personally, think that Del Negro is the wrong coach for the team. It seems they walk the ball up too much and possibly that their bench plays a little longer than they should. I don't think he is terrible but I don't think he is the guy for this team. If they want a change, they need to do it. They are in win now mode to keep CP3 and BG on town. Maybe Mike D'Antoni can come in and run his offense?
i think one of their problems is they really did a poor job of getting the right guys around cp3. there is no question about griffen and jordan, but i think the rest of the roster is quite suspect. for starters, they have 3 quality point guards behind cp3 that they are trying to turn into sgs. billups was able to make the transition because at 6-3, it's not too much of a mismatch. bledsoe and mo williams are just too small. one of them should of been moved for a wing player. caron butler is a nice player, but he is more a slasher and that doesn't really work with 2 guys in the paint and cp3. they needed a spot up shooter like steve novak or kyle korver to spread the floor. nobody is worried about a career 32% 3 point shooter. i think the worst move though was adding kenyon martin. they were already getting quality minutes out of reggie evans. at times, i've seen jordan/griffen, kenyon and evans on the floor at the same time. why? none of them can shoot the ball outside of 15 feet. overall, i think the gm is as much to blame as del negro.
Del Negro can't coach... His offensive sets are weak and he can't coach defense either. He was never a good hire.
The Clippers are a middle of the pack playoff team, not the elite team all of the early hype suggested. This team is terrible in the half-court and plays too slow out in transition. You'd think with the athletes they have, they'd play at a faster pace, but they don't.
They definitely need a coaching change. That's been clear to many of us for awhile.
Mike D'Antoni would be a really interesting hire. The Clippers would turn into the 2004-08 Phoenix Suns with that CP3 and Blake Griff's combo.
What did D'Antoni ever win? Hasn't it been proven that you can't win titles without playing defense?
Brian Shaw is the right coach for this team.
They should become the run and gun Suns, and they wont win a championship, well, the wont win one with del Negro Either so should be a good change
When he was the coach of the Suns they easily could have won a championship had Amar'e no been suspended for leaving the bench in that Spurs seires in 2007.
The Clippers need a Proven Veteran head coach they will respect that can push them to play hard and have plays that compliment each players strengths and the other teams weaknesses. Not just give it to griffin and see what happens.
Watching the clippers play nowadays is pretty painfull. To see so much talent wasted and them not being able to put it together. I feel like every possesion, the clippers are struggling to score. Most their plays are ISO's and one screen and pass plays. They look so confused out there.
If Donald Sterling wasnt so cheap id say hire JERRY SLOAN to put these clipper players in check and make them play as a team not as individuals and you know under coach sloan they would play their hardest.
My second choice would be Nate Mcmillan. Surprised he got fired in the first place. Seems like he has some good plays in his playbook and gets his players to play hard everynight. He would be a cheaper option at coach.
Other options - Flip Saunders and Larry Brown,
The reason I think Brian Shaw would be a great coach is because he's been apart of championships as a player and as an assistant coach. He's used to winning.
Everything coming out of LA was that he was a player's coach who also wasn't afraid to criticize any player... Negatively or positively. He keeps it straight forward. IF he has the balls to criticize/get on Kobe, I don't think he'll have a problem getting on Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Reports coming out of LAC right now are that Vinny shows favoritism towards his stars and won't criticize them. That wouldn't be the case with Shaw. He'll hold each and every single player accountable. And this season, Shaw has been an Associate Head Coach with the Pacers and the reviews are GREAT.
You can't always go for "proven veteran head coaches"... Look at Thibs in Chicago. He never had a head coaching job before Chicago, just years as an assistant.
Their main problem is that ey are the Clippers
I like the idea of Brian shaw and Nate McMillan. I like McMillan better in this case because he is a veteran coach and has been successful. My thinking with D'Antoni is the offense would be great and Chris Paul, Caron Butler and deandre Jordan are good enough defenders to make the better than those Suns teams. The Clippers offense is horrendous to watch.
Good post but where u r wrong is when u said Caron is a slasher and the clippers need a spot up shooter. Thats where u are wrong at, caron is not a slasher he's actually a spot up shooter.
You could also blame it on the hype that they received during the off season. After acquiring CP3, they are so called "Championship Contenders". really? I think they are more of a "One hit Wonder" team.
The D'Antoni hate is absurd. That they were "terrible" defensively is a pace inspired myth. By the end of his tenure, they were consistently a bit above middle of the pack. He lost his best player the year he was most likely to win and was constantly hamstrung by cheap ownership who gutted his bench on a regular basis.
Two years later Mike D'Antoni is in LA but with the Lakers and the Clippers got their veteran coach and are a contender to a degree(not a favorite but you wouldn't be surprised of they made a finals run).