After a disappointing first round ouster, the Los Angeles Clippers face the important questions of the offseason a little earlier than they might have hoped. Is Vinny Del Negro the best coaching option going forward? Will Chris Paul return to the Clippers? How related are the two decisions?
Paul possesses an awful lot of leverage this offseason since he's an unrestricted free agent, but ultimately, the Clippers' coaching decision rests with owner Donald Sterling.
So sorry, Clippers fans, but that means no Phil Jackson, who has publicly riffed on some of Sterling's more questionable transgressions. Jeff Van Gundy? He's almost certainly a combination of too expensive and too comfortable.
All is not lost in the Clippers coaching search, however. A litany of qualified veteran coaches and enticing assistants will be waiting for phone calls, and the Clippers should have their pick of the group.