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Those days are gone. The combination of seeing a host of 50-plus-win coaches get the axe (Lionel Hollins, Vinny Del Negro, George Karl) and new faces taking charge of basketball operations for nearly one-third of the league has many executives less worried about the formula for success than the formula for survival. “The rhetoric from the owners about their expectations is at an all-time obscene level,” said one former executive who remains plugged in with his former colleagues. Bleacher Report

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"The harder part is my three years there, we did stuff that had never been done before," Del Negro said. "You want to see it through. It's more different, for me, for my assistant coaches ... all of the guys that worked really hard and got pushed aside, I'm glad they landed on their feet. You come to the conclusion that, if you spend your whole life trying to figure out what other people are thinking or how to control them, you can't control what they're going to do. It used to be if you had success, set every franchise record or whatever, you got rewarded for that. "Look at Lionel Hollins. He set all the franchise records. He gets fired. George Karl sets all the home records [Denver was a franchise-best 38-3 at home last season.] He gets fired. I set all the franchise records. I get fired." NBA.com

"People say continuity is important. Look at the Spurs, and Jerry Sloan with the Jazz, or the Pat Rileys and the great coaches. They all had great coaches. But they had continuity. They lose in the first round, they didn't blow the team up. The Spurs hadn't done anything in four years, and now they're an offensive rebound away from winning the championship [last season]. Think about Michael Jordan and the Bulls, every year, losing to Detroit, losing to Detroit, losing to Detroit." NBA.com

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Yet Del Negro, whose contract wasn't renewed after last season and who probably will be doing television commentary this season, disagrees with the "senior executive of an NBA team." "Lamar can still play," he said. "It's not the basketball skills that are the problem. Once he gets himself in shape and gets his mind wrapped around basketball, he can help somebody." Los Angeles Times

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Jordan has been in the league for five years already, but he is still a month away from his 25th birthday. As a bulky (6-11, 265) center who is still developing, it is a surprise that L.A. would be willing to part with him. But Jordan has had his problems with coaching, and with the Clippers last year, he wanted to be more involved with the offense. A source close to the situation said that coach Vinny Del Negro was reluctant to do that, in part because he wanted Jordan to be in better shape, and also because Jordan’s abominable free-throw shooting (38.6 percent). This did not come as a surprise around the league, because one reason that Jordan fell into the second round of the 2008 draft was because of his clashes with then-Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon. Sporting News

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Vinny Del Negro will interview for the Denver Nuggets' head coaching job this weekend, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Del Negro will be the third candidate to meet with Nuggets management for the vacancy. Yahoo! Sports

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However, speculation about Rivers becoming the next Clippers coach to replace Vinny Del Negro still isn't a dead issue, the NBA executives said late Friday. Meanwhile, the Clippers were still trying to set up a face-to-face interview with former Portland Trail Blazers Coach Nate McMillan, a meeting that could take place next week, one executive said. Another celebrated coach looking for work is former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl. However, one executive said the Clippers "never expressed tremendous interest" in Karl. He is expected to be interviewed for the Memphis job next week. Los Angeles Times

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