"I go on what the people I work with and the people that make
those decisions tell me," Del Negro said about his future. "They've
"I don't let it affect myself or the team," Del Negro said. "I
focus on what I can control and that's our effort and preparation. It's
a little frustrating because I know how hard the staff works and how
prepared we are.
"It comes down to you're judged on wins and
losses. I'm not pleased with our record. We've let a few slip away.
We've dealt with a lot of things, but you can't use those as excuses.
We have to play better and more consistently. I can take that."
"I can sit here and toot my own horn, but that doesn't do
anything," Del Negro said. "I know the development of our players has
been significant. There's still a lot of work to be done. But we're not
that far off.
"We have a lot of positive things with this
organization moving forward with our young players and our flexibility.
Am I disappointed in a couple of things that have happened this year?
Of course. But I use those as a learning tool for myself and the team."
Several headlines this morning spun the possible speech by Forman as a potential vote of confidence. I'm not sure what was going to be said at that speech, but the lack of a speech certainly isn't helping Vinny's job status right now any.
Left alone these quotes are still pretty disturbing to me. Particularly lines like "They let a few slip away" and "I can sit here and toot my own horn". Your coaching job isn't in jeopardy because you let a few slip away. Every team let's a few slip away. It's the streak of getting absolutely annihilated for eight straight games that got this ball rolling following losing to a one win team at home and then dropping a 35 point lead.
What can you toot your own horn about? Player development? The only player that looks better this year to me is Noah, and his development seems more about gaining strength and playing harder and things he worked on hard himself in the off-season.
Still, it's hard not to feel bad for Vinny being left alone to answer these questions. It goes with the territory when the team is struggling and rumors are out there, but it's still a tough thing to have to sit through, and I think we can all appreciate that.