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Los Angeles Clippers: Step-by-Step Coaching Guide to Help Vinny Del Negro
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With the Los Angeles Clippers' decision to pick up head coach Vinny Del Negro's contract option for the 2012-13 NBA season, the pressure is on the young coach to take the Clips to the next level.

After a disappointing sweep to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals last spring, the Clippers will be using a reloaded roster to propel them into the conference's upper echelon.

With elite players on the floor in Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, LAC has the foundation for success.

Throw in veteran leadership in Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill, as well as young talent in Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan, and the Clippers could make some noise if the team comes together.

Following a miserable March in which Lob City dropped games to the Suns, the Hornets and the Nets, the criticism has mounted for Del Negro.

Covering up the team's deficiencies will be challenging, but it is possible.

Here is a step-by-step guide to help Vinny Del Negro properly coach the Clippers in 2012-13.

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