Always love seeing KA's perspective on big Clippers news. Some good inside info here, as well as his usual keen analysis. It's not all Vinny love or Vinny bashing but a good honest look at his strengths and weaknesses and the factors that played into the decision. For my money, the best part is what he says about Vinny's schematic shortcomings and Chris Paul's feelings toward VDN's "system" (i.e., lack thereof). Says KA:
"Paul certainly appreciated his coach’s sentiment, as Del Negro happily ceded most of the play calling. It was also nice to have Del Negro go to bat for Paul’s personnel causes -- free-agent signings, potential trades and the like. But having never reached a conference finals eight years into a Hall of Fame career, even Paul realizes he needs a little help in the final five minutes of a basketball game."
To me that's really the crux of the issue. Vinny (or really any trained monkey with good hair) can win 56 games with a team this talented as long as he doesn't get in the way. But things are different in crunch time, meaning the last 5 minutes of regular-season games and pretty much throughout the playoffs. That's why Vinny HAD to go.
For the rest of KA's piece, click here.