Twitter Reacts to Clippers Parting Ways with Vinny Del Negro

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 20:  Vinny Del Negro of the Los Angeles Clippers watches play during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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After three seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, Vinny Del Negro will no longer serve as the team's head coach.

Del Negro led the team to a 56-26 record this season, although the squad lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Memphis Grizzlies in six games. Overall, he put together a 128-102 regular-season record in Los Angeles with a 6-11 mark in the postseason.    

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports first reported the news via Twitter:

Of course, he was not the last person to comment on the move. Plenty of experts and average fans have an opinion on the situation one way or another. 

Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports was one of the first to poke fun at the coach's style:

The parody account Not SportsCenter seems to think that a picture of a good coach can be better than a bad one in person:

Chris Emma of Fox Sports compares the coach with another sports figure who is currently looking for a job:

It is simply not easy to keep a job as a basketball coach in Los Angeles, according to Doug Gottlieb of CBS Sports:

Maybe Del Negro should start coaching football instead.

Still, it was not always bad for the man in charge of the Clippers. Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post points out the fact that Del Negro did earn one first-place vote for Coach of the Year:

That voter does seem to be in the minority, though, when it comes to the coach's perceived success. 

This has some people thinking that there are good times on the horizon. Josh Newman of believes that the Clippers are now a very attractive spot for a new coach:

With so much talent on the squad, Los Angeles is likely to get whoever it wants as the next man in charge.     

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated speculated that Phil Jackson could be in play, although no contact has been made:

Ethan Strauss of ESPN comes up with another possibility for the next coach:

The big question still is what this means for the future of Chris Paul. The point guard is a free agent this year, but the team wants to keep him around.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News seems to think the All-Star has a lot of say in the process:

Either way, it is mostly speculation at this point. We must all wait to see whether the next coach can take the Clippers further than Del Negro, and whether Del Negro can land with another organization in the near future.