The Clippers’ coach on the bubble

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Bret Lewis

Bret Lewis

One reason Vinny Del Negro is on the bubble as Clippers coach is this was a team that did not appear to be ready for playoff basketball.

It’s always been a rule of thumb that highly athletic teams that run up and down the court and turn in spectacular highlights flourish in the regular season. But the playoffs are a different animal. More physical. (The refs tend to allow more contact. More defense because you have more time to prepare for the same team. And a slower set up at half court game.)

LA Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro. (AP Photo)

LA Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro. (AP Photo)

But the question nationally all season long was … why aren’t the Clippers better in a slowed down half court game? They have the best point guard in the NBA — Chris Paul. They have big men like Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

The regular season should have been a time to slowly learn that style which is essential for the playoffs. Especially when your first round opponent is the ultimate “grind it out” team — the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Clippers will likely decide Vinny’s fate this week. Now, there had been a rumor that if the Clippers booted him they would go after Phil Jackson. But Yahoo! Sports points out that Phil has that relationship with Lakers exec Jeanie Buss — and quotes a source saying, “It would just be too creepy.”

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