Del Negro out as Clippers coach

3:19 PM, May 21, 2013   |    comments
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Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly decided to part ways with head coach Vinny Del Negro after three seasons.

Del Negro's contract expired at the conclusion of the season and the Los Angeles Times is among those reporting that he will not return.

The Clippers were 56-26 this past season and won the Pacific Division for the first time in franchise history, then were ousted in the first round of the playoffs by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Del Negro's teams improved during each of his three seasons at the helm. They were 32-50 in his first year and 40-26 during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign. Los Angeles reached the second round of the playoffs last spring, beating Memphis in the first round before a sweep at the hands of San Antonio.

Overall, Del Negro posted a mark of 128-102 with the Clippers.

Del Negro, who played 14 NBA seasons from 1988-2002, holds a 210-184 overall mark in five years as a head coach. He also coached the Bulls for two seasons.

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