Vinny Del Negro Rumors
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.
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.”