Del Negro victim of expectations

Coach's charm and energy were key, but Clippers ultimately needed much more

Updated: May 21, 2013, 11:13 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Vinny Del Negro's fate was sealed when he walked off the court at Memphis' FedEx Forum earlier this month. On Tuesday, he was finally told he would no longer be the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.

His tenure ended with four straight losses to the Memphis Grizzlies after the Clippers took a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. L.A. looked progressively worse in each game. Blake Griffin's high ankle sprain didn't help matters, but the Clippers were cooked long before he ...

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