Vinny Del Negro Rumors

Sources said the Pelicans executive vice president Mickey Loomis and Demps preferred Gentry’s up-tempo, ball movement and high-scoring offensive emphasis. ”I had very good conversations with Dell,” Del Negro said. ”You keep pursuing what you feel like you can make a strong impact on and that’s what I felt with the New Orleans’ job. ”I thought that it was a good one but that’s how some of these things go. It’s a tough business and sometimes things are not fair how they work out.”
In his first public comments since he was beat out by Gentry, Del Negro acknowledged Monday he pursued the job because he considered it a great opportunity with the emergence of star forward Anthony Davis in the fold. Davis helped the Pelicans earn their first playoff berth since 2011 after finishing 45-37. Davis was named to the 2014-15 All-NBA first team and finished fifth in the voting for the NBA’s MVP award. ”I just felt like it was an opportunity for a team that I think has high expectations and have a player to build around. You know, I think Anthony is a superstar player in this league and will be for many years. I coached Eric Gordon when he was with the Clippers.
Orlando will begin a national coaching search and, according to sources, plans to cast a wide net. Scott Skiles, the former Magic guard, is a leading candidate. Mark Jackson, Mike Malone and Vinny Del Negro figure to eventually be on the interview list. If the Magic go with a stop-gap the rest of the season — assistant coach James Borrego is the interim coach — several league sources believe Orlando could make a run at Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau, should the relationship between Thibodeau and the Bulls become too toxic to continue.
As brilliant an analyst as Jeff Van Gundy is, there’s little question he has a pro-coach agenda. While criticism towards players and executives is common in his commentary during TV and radio broadcasts, you rarely ever hear him say anything negative about coaching staffs. This pattern has been clear when discussing the Bulls’ management dealings with the team’s last two head coaches – Vinny Del Negro and Tom Thibodeau.
It’s possible the Cavs will hire a rookie head coach, but I wouldn’t bet on it. The mandate for new General Manager David Griffin is to make a serious playoff run. A safe guess is that he’ll pick between Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins and Vinny Del Negro — three established coaches. There will be another round of interviews for the three veterans and some others in the next week or so, these with owner Dan Gilbert. The Cavs want to have a coach in place for the June 26th draft.
It’s unclear if these five candidates make up the pool from which the Cavs will select their next head coach. None of the five are believed to have met with owner Dan Gilbert yet, so a second round of interviews could take place before a decision. It’s also unclear if the team plans to have a coach in place by the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26.
Former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro interviewed with the Cavaliers over the weekend for the team’s vacant head coaching position, two NBA sources told The Plain Dealer. Del Negro had been rumored to be a candidate for the job all along, in part because he and Cavs general manager David Griffin worked together in Phoenix, where Del Negro served as a broadcaster, director of player personnel and assistant general manager.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.