Ever since he was hired by the Chicago Bulls with zero coaching experience underneath his belt, Vinny Del Negro has been the go-to joke whenever you want to name a horrible NBA coach. That’s what happens when your play diagrams literally just look like scribbles all over the place. Whether it be messing up his timeouts, botching rotations or fighting his team’s GM, Del Negro’s tenure as head man in Chicago and Los Angeles has been laughable.
And while Vinny’s teams have always been decent, we’ve always been able to imagine Vinny designing an offense by simply thinking, “I dunno, screen-and-roll at the top of the key? Or maybe an isolation at the type of the key? We’ve got options.” Turns out, that’s not far from the truth. From the Los Angeles Daily News:
So, what do the Clippers call their offense? Does it have a name?
“Yeah, Chris Paul,” Del Negro said, referring to his All-Star point guard. “All these names and all that stuff – you just put the ball in the best player’s hands. I’m sure the ball is going to be in LeBron’s hands.”
“You just try to get the guys to buy into what you’re trying to do.”
Yep, that’s pretty much what everyone thought. Sometimes it is nice to have your suspicions confirmed.
Of course, the funny thing about this is that Chris Paul has only the fourth-highest usage rate on the Clippers, and is actually third among guards behind Eric Bledsoe and Jamal Crawford, both of whom seem to be involved in every single play for the Clippers’ awesome second unit, which is impossible since they almost always play together but you know what I mean. Even when Vinny Del Negro tries to do the right thing — and yes, putting the ball in Chris Paul’s hands and letting him Chris Paul all over the place — he kind of messes it up.
All that being said, if Vinny somehow finds a way to keep the Clippers playing at such a fast pace — currently 4th in the league when Chris Paul’s teams have finished higher than 21st only once (No. 15 in 2009-10) in his career — then I think we can legitimately congratulate VDN for doing a good job of coaching. Sure, it’s probably just Chris Paul deciding to stretch his legs a bit, but still.