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5 Reasons Los Angeles Clippers Should Retain Vinny Del Negro

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Five Reasons Why Vinny Del Negro Should Keep Job

Gary A. Vasquez - USA TODAY

Los Angeles Clippers Coach, Vinny Del Negro, is expected to meet with Clippers’ Owner, Donald Sterling in the next few days. Del Negro’s contract expires this June, and many believe his days are numbered in Los Angeles. The Clippers had their best season in franchise history winning 56 games and capturing their first ever Pacific division title.

It was their most wins in a season since 2006 where they finished with 47 wins. The Clippers even won 17 games in a row, second-longest streak this season in the NBA, only behind the Miami Heat’s run of 27 games in a row.

With a win over the Phoenix Suns this April, they achieved their first 50-win season in franchise history. They also had a 16-0 record for the month of December, being only the third team to accomplish this (1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers & the 1995-96 San Antonio Spurs) .They also improved on their 40-26 record last season.

The Clippers finished 4th in the Western Conference – their highest seed since the 1974-1975 season. The Clippers also clinched home-court advantage for the first round of the playoffs; but unfortunately fell to the Memphis Grizzles in six games.

After missing the playoffs in his first season as head coach, Del Negro has reached the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for only the third time in 43 seasons. Del Negro has a 128 – 102 (.556) in his three seasons as the head coach with the Clippers. I expect to see him back next year and here are 5 reasons why …

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5. Clippers Have Improved Every Season Under Del Negro

Gary A. Vasquez - USA Today

When Vinny Del Negro inherited the Los Angeles Clippers, they were an abysmal 29-53 (.355) the season before. Del Negro has increased his win total every year as head coach leading them to a franchise record 56 wins this season.

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4. Clippers had a stellar regular season

Jayne Kamin-Oncea - USA Today

The Clippers completed their best regular season ever and finished 4th in the Western Conference. They also dominated their cross-town rival Los Angeles Lakers, sweeping the season series 4-0. The season was full of jaw-dropping plays, especially when DeAndre Jordan destroyed Brandon Knight. Clippers didn’t even lose a game in December finishing the month 16-0.

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3. Lack of Great Coaches not under contract

Jayne Kamin-Oncea - USA TODAY

If the Clippers think they can land Phil Jackson, they’re dreaming. As much as Jackson would like to stick it to the Lakers after the whole Jim Buss debacle, he wouldn’t dare coach against his wife-to-be (Jeannie Buss). Wouldn’t that be awkward? Doc Rivers is a another potential coach rumored to come west with Kevin Garnett. However, he is still under a 5-year contract and is expected to return to the Boston Celtics next season.

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2. Young Successful Coaching Trends in the NBA

Jayne Kamin-Oncea - USA TODAY

Be patient. Vinny Del Negro is the sixth youngest coach in the NBA. Young coaches are having really good success as of recently. Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat), Mark Jackson (Golden State Warriors), Frank Vogel (Indian Pacers) are three of the youngest coaches in the NBA and each of them are currently leading their teams deep in to the playoffs.

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1. Del Negro has restored the legitimacy of the Clippers Organization

Jayne Kamin-Oncea - USA TODAY

The Los Angeles Clippers were once the laughing stock of the NBA. The Clippers were an embarrassment to the league and being traded to the Clippers basically meant you were in NBA exile. The Clippers are a legitimate threat in the Western Conference and now have NBA-title aspirations every year. The high-flying squad features one of the best floor generals in the league, in Chris Paul, and possibly the most exciting in-game dunker of all-time in Blake Griffin.