Report: Nuggets to interview Vinny Del Negro

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Vinny Del Negro will join the short list of candidates for the Nuggets head coaching job, and interviews for the job this weekend. He joins Memphis Coach Lionel Hollins and Indiana assistant Brian Shaw as leading candidates for the coaching vacancy.

Del Negro will probably enter this meeting touting his four seasons of making it to the playoffs with the Bulls and the Clippers out of his five total years of head coaching experience, and the 56 wins he “led” his most recent team to.

Do not be fooled. Vinny Del Negro is not a good basketball coach. In fact, by near consensus, he is a very, very bad basketball coach. Absolutes like this are something I tend to avoid, especially when it comes to judging something as unquantifiable as coaching, but anybody who has watched a Vinny Del Negro coached team for any length of time generally comes back to that same assessment (hence the two firings that make up his resume so far).

If George Karl’s offenses tended to be somewhat simplistic, Del Negro’s are downright rudimentary. The philosophy is more or less to have three guys stand and watch as two players run a high pick-and-roll and, if that fails, then there are four guys standing around watching one player iso. It was only through the greatness of Chris Paul and a talented roster that the Clippers were as successful as they were this year, but the playoffs revealed their true selves and at the first sign of adversity (Blake Griffin’s ankle injury), Vinny crumbled.

His rotations are puzzling, his love and devotion to veterans puts even Karl to shame, and, based on DeAndre Jordan’s “development”, he is not exactly the kind of coach you want guiding JaVale McGee. He is a curious candidate for this head coaching job to say the least, and his potential hiring would be a worrying first move for this new front office.

I don’t know if this is just the Nuggets exhausting all their options or if they really think that Del Negro is a good coach, but either way the mere prospect that he could be leading this team next year should terrify Nuggets fans.

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David Walker

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  • Mikey K

    I hope this is just the heat affecting Josh’s thinking. There’s no way in Hell that VDN is an upgrade. I’d rather have Karl back.

    • Matthew Owens

      Agree, and I don’t even want Karl back… at all… Ouch.

      I’m really scared for this news to be breaking.

  • googergieger

    They are just fucking trolling us now.

  • Ckwizard

    This is rediculous would be hard to stay a Nuggets fan if this would be the hire.

  • LegalizeDenverNuggets

    Maybe Josh wants to coach too—> What a VDN hire would communicate to me. No player in the NBA respects Vinny and it would be a sham for us to hire him. I doubt he is hired, but the notion is terrifying.

  • Len Nunes

    VDN is to coaching what Bayless is to journalism

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  • dynamo.joe

    Maybe Josh just wants some hair styling tips?

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  • Scott

    Please no.

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  • airvaid

    Vinny + JaVale = #winning
    I’m all in for the Del Negro era.

  • wij

    WTF. If I was Iguodala and reading this I’d start packing my bags…

    • David Tesler

      And informing Josh that he no longer wants to play for Josh until Josh is no longer the “owner” of the Denver Nuggets. The entire Kroenke needs to sell the entire Colorado-based teams for $1 to a real loyal Denver billionaire owner.

      • sherlock

        Dude we get it you don’t like the Kroenke’s. Enough already.

  • Jimmy

    absolute horse sh*t if he’s hired. won’t visit the Can once this year.

    • David Tesler

      I still won’t visit the Can until Pepsi loses its sponsorship and it’s called the Coca Cola Center.

      Then I’ll come in and watch the Nuggets.

  • David Tesler

    Josh Kroenke needs to be considered persona non grata. Period. He and his daddy needs to sell all of the Colorado-based team and get the fuck out of town.

  • LBJ

    This gives me a warm fuzzy that Joshy boy knows what he is doing…

  • sherlock

    Please God, no no no. If the Nuggets hire VDN, I’m done I won’t watch next season. This guy is awful, somehow he’s been the coach of some high quality teams. Bulls with Rose, Clips and can’t do anything. I can’t even believe they are giving this bum the time of day. If they hire him it’s simply about $ and I will not be a part of it as a fan. Huge step backwards if this goes down, I could not be more disappointed right now.