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.”
Former Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro became the fourth candidate to interview for the vacant New Orleans Pelicans’ head-coaching job, league sources confirmed Thursday night. Del Negro joins Alvin Gentry, Jeff Van Gundy and Scott Skiles, who have been formally interviewed by the Pelicans.