Originally Posted by lawyerdad
I haven't followed the Clippers closely enough (and am probably not basketball-smart enough anyway) to know whether VDN is a terrible coach or a pretty good one. But it clearly had gotten to the point where the public opposition to him had made his position pretty untenable unless they ended up going to the Finals. The disdain with which he is held may well have a solid basis in fact, but it's clear that there's also just a lot of flavor-of-the-month piling on by folks who (like me) have no real basis to express an informed opinion.
Proximity notwithstanding, this comment is not any any way directed at RX ^. Just a general observation.
I take no offense at all, no worries, but he really is a terrible coach and this is known league-wise. CP3 is the teams coach and almost everyone knows that, sadly.
Bleacher report makes crappy lists at times but this list from last year is pretty damn accurate:
#7 alone tells you how terrible of a coach he is, I kept pointing out to this scenario last year over and over again just because it simply boggles the mind:
It will never be forgotten that Chris Paul had to talk Del Negro into letting him come back in and lead the comeback in Game 1 that will go down in history as one of the greatest in the history of the game.
When a coach had to be talked into letting his team fight to comeback, it says a lot about his character as a coach and how much he believes in a team. If a coach doesn’t believe in his team, how is he going to inspire them?
3. Vinny Del Negro, Lord of the Idiots
Brett Koremenos: A coach’s primary job is to manage a rotation. If you play the right players, at the right time, it almost doesn’t matter what you run or how you choose to defend, because an optimal lineup will put you in a position to succeed. Vinny Del Negro’s Game 5 performance, in that respect, was, in a word, lacking. Here are the four biggest blunders from last night and the series in general:
1. Eric Bledsoe didn’t play nearly enough; Chris Paul played too much
It was particularly egregious to see Bledsoe fail to reenter the game until very late in the third quarter after a sterling five-minute stretch in the first half. Not only that, but he needed to be trusted to give Paul a brief rest in the second half. Because Paul played the entire second half, he wore down at the end and forced the team to go through a stretch late in the fourth where it was Jamal Crawford and Bledsoe handling the ball in pick-and-rolls while Paul conserved energy as a spot-up shooter.
2. Blake Griffin needed to be rescued from himself
Griffin showed great toughness by giving it a go on a bad ankle, but after returning midway through the second quarter, it was quite clear he just wasn’t a guy capable of helping his team in a meaningful way. This is important to consider, given Del Negro allowed him to start the second half and play the first six minutes — a stretch in which the Clippers were outscored by seven.
3. The carousel of big men needs to stop
Rotating five big men — Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Ronny Turiaf, Ryan Hollins, and Lamar Odom — is a fine strategy when all five are extremely talented or you’re playing a game in the preseason. But Turiaf and Hollins have limited skills, and Odom is a shell of his former self. When Griffin is healthy, he and Jordan, despite their poor foul shooting, should have the lion’s share of minutes while Odom should fill out the rest. And despite rotating through three of them (Odom, Jordan, and Turiaf) in the final quarter as he attempted to slow down Zach Randolph, Del Negro somehow passed over the guy who was the most effective the majority of the evening (Hollins).
4. Failing to go small against Memphis is a sin
While Randolph and Marc Gasol are a load to handle inside from a defensive standpoint, they can be exposed by teams that go small with a 4 man who's capable of stretching the floor. Randolph, in particular, struggles to guard in space, and the Clippers had some success on the offensive end of the floor when Matt Barnes played as a small-ball 4. If Paul had more gas in the tank, there’s a good chance the Clippers could've ripped apart the Memphis defense and put Hollins in a difficult position with his own rotation.
In addition, lots analyst (and even Barkely) recognizes how terrible his offensive set it:
Alex Kennedy ✔ @AlexKennedyNBA
A number of players were upset with Vinny Del Negro after tonight's loss. They didn't agree with some of his decisions and let him know.
Ken Berger @KBergCBS
Every game I watch Vinny Del Negro coach is strategically unrecognizable to me.