As the Brooklyn Nets coaching search gets underway, there’s an experienced coach who recently became available that they should not show any interest in whatsoever.
That would be former Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro.
Although there haven’t been any rumors linking the two parties, anything could change depending on how Brooklyn’s interviews with Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw, former Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles, former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan or any of the other potential candidates go.
In the event that the Nets are unable to lock up their first, second or third coaching choice, that doesn’t mean that they should ever settle for Del Negro. If it comes to a scenario where they believe Del Negro is the only coach they could afford, they’d be better off simply hiring either an assistant coach they already have on their bench or another one from somewhere else.
It’s not that Del Negro is a terrible coach, because he really isn’t. He showed that he could win plenty of games in the NBA during his few years with the Clippers, after going just 41-41 in consecutive seasons with the Chicago Bulls. The Clippers went 40-26 in 2011-2012 under Del Negro, and 56-26 in 2012-2013.
The main problem with Del Negro is his lack of offensive innovation. During his last two years with the Clippers, he had Chris Paul, who may be the best point guard in the league, and a rising young star in Blake Griffin. Unless there were lobs being thrown or fancy moves being made by those two, the Clippers oftentimes looked extremely bland in the half court set.
Bland doesn’t get you anywhere in the postseason.
With the roster the Nets have assembled, they certainly aspire to go somewhere when it matters most.