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Barnes heard Del Negro was fired from his wife

Barnes heard Del Negro was fired from his wife

Barnes tells Jay Mohr how he found out head coach Vinny Del Negro was fired...

Mohr: "Who told you Vinny Del Negro was fired?"

Barnes: "My wife. She saw it on TV when I was upstairs and she called me down to tell me."

Mohr: "You had no problems with Vinny, right? You were cool with him?"

Barnes: "I was very cool with Vinny and I think the majority of the team was good with Vinny. Unfortunately being in LA, and having the Lakers next door to you, success is a tough thing. Anything short of a championship is tough. We came very far as a team this year but, losing in the first round was frustrating for everyone. This is a tough business and they chose to go in another direction."

Mohr: "How much input will Chris Paul have on who the next head coach will be"?

Barnes: "Being around the game, teams always go to the superstars, which are Blake (Griffin) and Chris (Paul). Not necessarily that they're (Blake and Chris) going to choose the coach but, they will have some emphasis on who they like or want in that position. I know (stars) play a smaller role in that but, I think it's up to the organziation and owner at this point."

 

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