Now that the Los Angeles Clippers have fired Vinny Del Negro as their head coach, it will be interesting to see how Chris Paul responds as the franchise considers its next move.
Paul needs to make his commitment to the Clippers who seemed to make a commitment to him by making the first step in a coaching transition. If Paul had wanted Del Negro to stay, he’d still be there. It’s rather obvious that Paul wanted the change made as much as anyone.
Any new coach coming in will obviously want to have Paul in his future. He remains among the top players in the NBA. If the Clippers don’t sign him in a hurry someone else will. He averaged 22.8 points, four rebounds and 6.3 assists in the playoffs.
He definitely stepped up his game from the regular season when he averaged 16.9 points, 9.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds a game. He shot 48.1 percent from the floor during the regular season. During the playoffs he was 53.3 percent from the floor. For both the regular season and playoffs, Paul shot nearly 90 percent from the charity stripe.
His marks for the season were slightly down from his career.
What Paul wants now is an NBA title.
Some observers don’t think Del Negro was the problem for the Clippers in the playoffs. He did lead them to a divisional title. It was a lack of focus from several players, although Paul definitely had a superb postseason. But Del Negro is gone and the Clippers need to make sure they still have Paul on their roster.