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As talented as the Clippers are, they need a better head coach if they are to be serious contenders.
Any good coach should command respect in the locker room and make quick adjustments during games.
Oftentimes, it appeared as if Del Negro accomplished neither.
Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups seemed to be the true leaders while their coach appeared to be a passive participant in the huddles.
Not that all coaches necessarily have to be vocal, but Stan Van Gundy would certainly be a better micro-manager on the sideline than Del Negro.
Del Negro often waited way too long to put his starters back in the game, and would often squander first quarter leads as a result.
Momentum is a huge part of controlling the tempo, and his poor use of timeouts and lack of adjustments hindered the Clippers greatly in that regard.
The offense and defense were also way too predictable—a major problem for a team with an abundance of talent like Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.
At times, the offense was literally give CP3 the ball and see what happens. There's absolutely no way L.A. can win a championship playing isolation basketball as often as they do.
If Stan Van Gundy replaced Del Negro, he would be a much more competent option on the sideline in every facet.