VINNY DEL NEGRO
Tonight's Clippers game versus the Mavericks was pretty good. The Clippers had a chance to win the game with Blake Griffin's steal, but nobody called the time out and Caron Butler missed the 3-pointer that would have given the Clippers the lead. So, who's fault was this? Certainly any of the players on the floor could have called a timeout, but in the heat of the moment I can see why they failed to do so. On the other hand, Vinny Del Negro SHOULD HAVE CALLED THAT TIMEOUT! It frustrates me to watch the Clippers because they have all the pieces to be the Miami Heat of the Western Conference. Don't get me wrong, I'm a true Laker fan, but I love watching good basketball regardless of who's playing and I would love to see the Clippers dominate. Blake Griffin is a beast who sacrifices his body on just about every play (probably not the wisest choice for somebody who missed an entire season with a knee injury, but you gotta respect it), CP3 is one of the best point guards in the league, and they have a roster full of possible role players.
Vinny Del Negro just annoys the heck out of me. If he isn't good enough to coach Derrick Rose, what made the Clippers organization decide that he is worthy of coaching Blake Griffin and CP3?? Anytime I watch the Clippers playing a close game, I can pretty much be assured the Vinny Del Negro is going to screw up ANY CHANCE the Clippers have to win the game. He just doesn't seem to know what to do -- whether it's not calling a time out, not fouling, fouling too late, playing Griffin WAYY too long (seriously, he can't play all 48 minutes of every game), or just calling a bad play, Del Negro just can't seem to get it right. I don't know if the high expectations suddenly imposed upon the Clippers after they acquired CP3, Butler, Billups, and K-Mart just got to him, but he needs to be replaced if the Clippers are ever going to win a championship.
I'm convinced that a good (not even great) coach is the only thing keeping the Clippers from winning a championship this season. The Clippers organization has already shelled out a bunch of money on their revamped roster, why not spend a little more to buy Del Negro out and hire somebody else? Who should they hire? I have no clue, but Del Negro has to go.
And because I can't help but vent about my beloved Lakers...A QUICK WORD ON MIKE BROWN
Now I would never go as far as to blame the thus far horrible Lakers season on Mike Brown, but I don't think he should have ever been hired. Why would they completely snub Brian Shaw and choose Mike Brown as their head coach? Seriously, can anybody answer this question??? It's been said before, and I'll say it again -- if he's not good enough to coach Lebron, what makes him good enough to coach Kobe? Yeah, I know Mike Brown had a couple of great regular seasons in Cleveland, but the regular season means nothing to the Lakers. THEY DON'T PUT UP CONFERENCE BANNERS IN THE STAPLES CENTER, ONLY CHAMPIONSHIP BANNERS! And guess what? Mike Brown has never won a championship!