In recent days reports have said that Chris Paul is upset with the Los Angeles Clippers organization for the public blame he is receiving for the firing of the team’s head coach Vinny Del Negro. The Clippers are now trying to right the ship.
On Friday, the Clippers organization publicly took full responsibility for the firing:
“The decision not to extend a contract to Vinny Del Negro was an organizational decision from the top down,” Clippers vice president of basketball operations Gary Sacks said. “Our front office evaluated the season and Vinny’s three years here before making this move, and our conclusion and feeling was that we needed a change.”
Paul will be a free agent this summer, and it is understandable that the Clippers are hoping to keep him happy. While most expect Paul to stay in LA, this type of feuds are discouraging for the fans. Paul clearly does not want the widely popular “coach killer” tag that many superstars have already been labeled with.
It was obvious that Del Negro had to go, as the team simply could not meet its expectations with him running the show.
The Clippers can still offer Paul the most money and it would not be surprising if he opted to stay, especially considering the fact that he is not getting any younger and an extra year in a new contract means a lot.