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Report: Cavaliers to interview Vinny Del Negro for head coaching job

Vinny Del Negro

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro watches the action in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 16, 2013. The Clippers won, 93-77. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)


For a coach with a winning percentage of .533, whose teams have never been below .500, who won 56 the last season he coached, the idea of hiring Vinny Del Negro generally elicits groans.

With good reason, while guys play for him his offenses have been simplistic, his comments vapid and his teams have done better under the coaches that followed him (granted, those coaches were Tom Thibodeau and Doc Rivers).

Now it’s Cavaliers fans time to groan.

Del Negro is among those getting an interview for the Cleveland job, reports Sam Amick of the USA Today.

Del Negro is considered a long shot behind Alvin Gentry (who worked with Cavs GM David Griffin in Phoenix) and popular assistant Adrian Griffin.

But Del Negro interviews well and charms owners. Donald Sterling loved him and only fired him because Chris Paul pressured him to.

Cavs fans can hope that this is just another interview, one to provide a little balance with the guys they actually want.