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Clippers decide not to renew Vinny Del Negro’s contract

Vinny Del Negro (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The Los Angeles Clippers are no longer the whipping boys of the NBA any longer and are on even ground in the City of the Lost Angels with the Lakers.

Despite all of that, their head coach will not be around to continue the improvement.

Vinny Del Negro, who’s current contract expires at the end of June, will not be given a new one.

The Clippers won their first Pacific Division title this season, but lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

This season, the team won a franchise-record 56 games and had a 17-game winning streak.

Del Negro is just the second coach to leave the Clippers with a winning record; Larry Brown is the other in 1993.

Del Negro, a North Carolina State graduate and former NBA player, went 128-102 in the regular season in three seasons and the Clippers were in the playoffs the past two years.

Former Notre Dame, NBA star Woolridge dies at 52

 

Orlando Woolridge (photo courtesy of Notre Dame athletics)

Former basketball star Orlando Woolridge died on Thursday night at his parents’ home in Mansfield, Louisiana. He was 52.

Woolridge had suffered for years with a chronic heart condition and was under hospice care.

The 6’9, 215-pound center/forward played in the NBA with Chicago, New Jersey, the Lakers, Denver, Detroit, Milwaukee and the Philadelphia 76ers.

One of the most-prolific dunkers in NBA history, Wooldridge played in 851 games scoring 13,623 points (16.0 ppg), grabbed 3,696 rebounds (4.3 rpg) and dished out 1,609 assists (1.9 apg).

He played his final two seasons of basketball in Italy with Benetton Treviso and Buckler Bologna.

Woolridge also coached three teams, the LA Sparks in the WNBA and two teams from the ABA.

 

Info compiled from NBA, Notre Dame, Radio & TV news

NBA legend Nelson gets degree from Iowa 50 years after leaving

 

Don Nelson (file photo)

NBA Hall of Fame basketball coach/player Don Nelson, now 72 years old, returned to the University of Iowa to receive his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, 50 years after leaving the Iowa City school for the NBA.

The Muskegon, Michigan native as a 6’6, 210-pound forward, played at Iowa from 1959-1962, and was drafted into the NBA in the 1962 draft by the Chicago Zephyrs, Round 3, 17th overall.

Nelson also played in the NBA for the Lakers, Milwaukee, Boston, Golden State twice, the Knicks and Dallas.

He was an NBA champion five times, NBA coach of the year three times, had his #19 jersey retired by the Boston Celtics.

Nelson scored 10,898 points in his career, with 5,192 rebounds and 1,526 assists.

 

Info compiled from Iowa, the NBA, Radio & TV news

Orlando’s Howard breaks Chamberlain’s 50-year-old FT record

 

Dwight Howard (file photo)

Wilt Chamberlain is best known for his 100-point game against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962.

But he also had another record that was not as well known but was a 50-year-old regular-season record. The 7’1 giant set a record on February 22, 1962 with 34 free throw attempts as a member of the Philadelphia Warriors.

Last week, Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard shot 39 free throws in his team’s 117-109 win over the Golden State Warriors.

Prior to the game, Howard was the worst free-throw shooter in the NBA at 42.6%, so the Warriors thought they’d foul him in the post and make him score at the free-throw line.

The 26-year-old Howard took advantage of the situation, making 21 of 39 attempts and finished with 45 points and 23 rebounds.

It was the first time an NBA player scored at least 40 points and at least 23 rebounds since March 1, 2003 when the Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal put in 48 points and yanked down 20 boards.

 

Info compiled from NBA, Orlando Magic, Radio & TV news

Ross hired to coach LA Sparks

 

Carol Ross (courtesy of WNBA)

The Los Angeles Sparks have hired Atlanta Dream assistant Carol Ross to replace Joe “Jellybean” Bryant as their new coach.

Bryant, who is the father of Lakers star Kobe Bryant, started his second stint as the Sparks head coach last summer replacing Jennifer Gillom who was fired.

Before becoming a coach in the WNBA, Ross spent 12 seasons coaching Florida, where one of her players was forward DeLisha Milton-Jones of the Sparks. She also spent four years at her alma mater Mississippi. Ross had a career record in 16 seasons at the Division I of 324-161, with 12 NCAA tournament appearances and two WNIT bids.

Ross spent the past three seasons with Atlanta, which reached the WNBA finals in 2010 and 2011.

 

Info compiled from Los Angeles Sparks, the WNBA, Radio & TV

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