HoopsHype Donald Sterling rumors

June 6, 2013 Updates

Now that George Karl has been fired by the Denver Nuggets, he has become a strong candidate to replace former Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro along with Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw, according to two NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Clippers owner Donald Sterling really likes Karl, one executive said. Sterling likes the idea that Karl was named the NBA’s coach of the year in 2013 for the Nuggets for leading them to a 57-25 record. Los Angeles Times

June 1, 2013 Updates

Sterling apparently was having thoughts of bringing Del Negro back until several entities dissuaded him. Having the team put out a statement essentially contradicting what Sterling indicated earlier, simply to appease a player, is also a concession he hasn't been known to make. For whatever else it's worth, I'm told that while Paul is not directly telling the Clippers who he wants as his next head coach, he's letting it be known who he wouldn't want to have. This way, he has plausible deniability regarding both those turned away and ultimately the success or failure of whoever is hired. There's nothing wrong with that; he's certainly not the first superstar to wield such leverage or use such a tactic. Just spare us the feigned innocence and mock outrage; that only works in commercials. Sulia

May 31, 2013 Updates

After the best regular season in franchise history, the Los Angeles Clippers let head coach Vinny Del Negro hit free agency without renewing his contract. In an exclusive phone interview with HOOPSWORLD, Del Negro said that Clippers owner Donald Sterling made the final call. “It was Mr. Sterling’s decision,” Del Negro said. “In the end, they did what they felt was best for their organization.” “It’s always difficult when you part ways… the disappointment is not being able to stay and finish the job,” Del Negro continued. “I was very happy to be part of that group that was able to have a lot of success in a short period of time.” HoopsWorld

May 30, 2013 Updates
May 23, 2013 Updates

As the Clippers look for a replacement for just-let-go coach Vinny Del Negro, former Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan has emerged as a potential candidate, according to several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the situation. McMillan is one of about five candidates the Clippers’ front office is seriously considering and will present to owner Donald Sterling, one NBA executive said. Los Angeles Times

May 22, 2013 Updates

As the Clippers look for a replacement for just-let-go coach Vinny Del Negro, former Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan has emerged as a potential candidate, according to several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the situation. McMillan is one of about five candidates the Clippers’ front office is seriously considering and will present to owner Donald Sterling, one NBA executive said. Los Angeles Times

May 21, 2013 Updates

Do the Clippers really think he would accept almost $28 million less to sign elsewhere? "Here you have two inexperienced people running your basketball operation in [GM] Gary Sacks and [son-in-law] Eric Miller," I told Sterling. "And Andy Roeser doesn't have the greatest track record when it comes to basketball personnel decisions. "So I wonder, is this decision being made because the players are now calling the shots? Am I off base?" "No, you're not off base," Sterling said. "This is a players' league, and, unfortunately, if you want to win you have to make the players happy. Don't you think that's true?" Los Angeles Times

May 19, 2013 Updates
May 17, 2013 Updates

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has scheduled to meet with head coach Vinny Del Negro over the weekend to discuss Del Negro's fate with the organization, a league source informed CSNNW.com. According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation, says the two will meet in Los Angeles and a decision is anticipated shortly after. CSNNW.com

May 16, 2013 Updates

The final call ultimately rests with Clippers owner Donald Sterling -- who is regarded as Del Negro's biggest backer in the organization -- but one source close to the process said Wednesday that team officials were still deliberating and that no decision has been made yet. ESPN.com

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