When Vinny Del Negro was essentially let go by the Los Angeles Clippers, the finger pointing immediately found its way to Chris Paul. The free agent point guard is one of the best players in the NBA and someone the Clippers organization is pretty desperate to keep in order to remain one of the better teams in the Western Conference. If you want to keep one of the best players in the league on your team, it's easier to accomplish this by catering to that player. We see it all the time with stars who have impending free agency getting a say in who the coach will be or players to bring in to be teammates. With Paul and the Clippers, it's been no different. To retain Paul's services, getting rid of Del Negro as the coach and bringing in someone better has been the assumed course of action. Clippers' owner Donald Sterling even suggested as such earlier this month. While on the Dan Patrick Show, the ex-Clippers coach echoed Sterling's comments without outright accusing CP3 of getting him fired. "Well, Chris is a free agent," Del Negro said. "They were compelled to make a decision. He's entitled to his opinion. He's a free agent and he's going to have a lot of say on a lot of things as he did in the previous summer when we put the team together." Are the Clippers wrong for handling the situation this way? They had their best two-year stretch over the last two seasons with Del Negro on the sidelines and Paul running the show on the court. It was a combination that seemed to work, although many would argue Paul was the primary source for the majority of their success. To win a championship, Del Negro had to go and the Clippers had to bring someone else in.
Vinny Del Negro intimates Chris Paul was behind his departure
CBS Sports | May 30