Vinny Del Negro will no longer be head coach of the LA Clippers after their first-round playoff exit. Even after the Clippers had one of their best seasons in franchise history, the team chose not to offer Del Negro a new contract after his current deal is up in June.
“This was a difficult decision, but we feel this is the best decision for our franchise moving forward,” said Gary Sacks, the Clippers’ vice president of basketball operations.
Del Negro was shocked when he was informed that the team would not be going forward with him, due to issues with players on the team and several other things. Team president Andy Roeser thanked him for his service and said the organization would do whatever it could to help him find another job.
Del Negro had a record of 128-102 in the three seasons he spent with the Clippers, and made it to the playoffs in the past two seasons, including last season when they advanced to the second round for only the second time since the team relocated to L.A.
The Clippers won a franchise-record 56 games this season, had a 17-game winning streak and won the club’s first Pacific Division title.