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Clippers: Firing Vinny Del Negro was 'organizational decision'

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08:33 AM ET 06.01 | Gary Sacks, the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations, said Friday that Chris Paul shouldn't be blamed for the dismissal of Coach Vinny Del Negro, saying it was an "organizational decision." Sacks also said that Paul won't play a major role in deciding who the Clippers' next coach will be. There have been reports that Paul was angry because the Clippers' organization was letting him take all the heat for Del Negro's departure. "It was my conclusion that a change needed to be made" and that the Clippers needed a new coach, Sacks told The Times in a phone interview. Sacks added that Clippers owner Donald Sterling, President Andy Roeser and director of basketball operations Eric Miller, Sterling's son-in-law, all were in agreement about Del Negro.

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Chris Paul, Vinny Del Negro, Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images Chris Paul, Vinny Del Negro, Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images
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June 1, 2013  08:52 AM ET

Nice try in deflecting the blame by the organization.

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June 1, 2013  09:34 AM ET

This is karma for a certain Clippers fan making fun of the Lakers all season.

LMAO.

June 1, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Clippers are digging their own grave and it's getting bigger and wider each day.

June 1, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Chris Paul needs to go to a team that appreciates him.

June 1, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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Maybe it's true. Why assume CP3 was behind it?

He is not to blame but the owner put his foot in his mouth by being honest. Management have to come out now and soften the blow and hope that Paul believes the management. Sterling really made Paul look bad and made him look like a coach killer even after their success. 57 wins and the Pacific division is a very big accomplishment. Sterling said he didn't want to fire VDN but he said it's a players league...

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June 1, 2013  10:19 AM ET

56 wins and a 1st round exit is as good as it gets for the Clipps. CP walks and they're looking at 35-38 wins with Bledsoe starting.

June 1, 2013  10:25 AM ET
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This is karma for a certain Clippers fan making fun of the Lakers all season. LMAO.

It's more likely that Dwight Howard and not Chris Paul walks away in free agency. The Lakers season wasn't exactly stellar and next season will be worse.

June 1, 2013  10:30 AM ET
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Translation:-while backpedaling-" we're so sorry cp.....let me also unzip yer pants....."

Good start to Saturday....

June 1, 2013  10:35 AM ET

CP3 might not have asked for Vinny's head but he also did not say anything to keep him on the job. I think his body language just speak volumes. It's ok. I don't see the big deal. VDN is an average coach and this Clipps team is talented and the FO knows its a chance in lifetime to have a serious run. They must get the right HC and appease Chris and Zblake in the process.
If not it might take the just too long to have not her shot.

June 1, 2013  10:37 AM ET

iPad auto-correction sucks. lol

June 1, 2013  10:38 AM ET

Granger needs a new scenery, so does Bledsoe....
The clippers need an all star at the sf spot, Caron needs to go to a team that is stacked.
Solution?
Clippers recieve Granger, Pacers receive Bledsoe,Caron Butler & Willie Green.

June 1, 2013  11:12 AM ET

The article on ESPN shows why Sterling is still the worst owner in sports.

The Times then asked Sterling if it was "off base" to say the "players are now calling the shots."

"No, you're not off base," Sterling said. "This is a players' league, and, unfortunately, if you want to win, you have to make the players happy."

Sterling later told the Times, "If you have special players, and special players think that they know the best opportunity to win, you have to support them."

June 1, 2013  11:24 AM ET
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Good article. Hopefully it takes the blame off of CP3. Everyone wants to automatically blame him and that may not be fair.

EEA, it is a good article, but I don't believe it!! I'm still having trouble figuring out why the Clipps got rid of VDN!!!! He led them to their first NBA "Pacific division" title!!! Why would they fire him????IMO, I would have extended his contract and gotten him some more help (players).

June 1, 2013  11:27 AM ET
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The article on ESPN shows why Sterling is still the worst owner in sports.

This is the story or article I believe!!!!!!
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The Times then asked Sterling if it was "off base" to say the "players are now calling the shots."

"No, you're not off base," Sterling said. "This is a players' league, and, unfortunately, if you want to win, you have to make the players happy."

Sterling later told the Times, "If you have special players, and special players think that they know the best opportunity to win, you have to support them."

June 1, 2013  11:30 AM ET
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56 wins and a 1st round exit is as good as it gets for the Clipps. CP walks and they're looking at 35-38 wins with Bledsoe starting.

Good point, but if VDN and CP stays, who know how far they can go!!! Hire a new coach and they just might be worse next year.

 
June 1, 2013  11:39 AM ET
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Good point, but if VDN and CP stays, who know how far they can go!!! Hire a new coach and they just might be worse next year.

If Byron Scott comes they should play better. CP3 likes him AFAIK.

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