Vinny Del Negro is currently an NBA Studio Analyst for NBA TV and a radio co-host on the SiriusXM NBA Channel. Vinny also makes periodic appearances on ESPN’s “The Jump” with Rachel Nichols.
Vinny spent three seasons as the Head Coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Vinny led the Clippers to a 128-102 record, with back-to-back playoff appearances in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. During the 2012-2013 season, under Vinny’s leadership, the Clippers set a franchise record with 56 regular season wins and totaled their first 50-win season. In Los Angeles, Vinny played a critical role in the development of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, sending both to the NBA All-Star game in 2012 and 2013.
Vinny began his coaching career with the Chicago Bulls. That year, Vinny and the Bulls pushed the defending NBA champions, the Boston Celtics, to a seventh game in round one of the playoffs. This series featured four overtimes and a triple-overtime win in game 6. Billy Cunningham, Doug Collins, and Larry Bird are the only other first year head coaches to make back-to-back playoff appearances.
Prior to his time with the Bulls, Vinny served as Assistant General Manager of the Phoenix Suns during the 2007-08 campaign after a promotion from his previous role of Director of Player Personnel, which he held for the 2006-07 season. Del Negro moved to the front office after working three seasons (2003-06) as a color analyst for the Suns’ broadcast teams. His broadcast career also included stints as an analyst for ESPN’s “NBA Matchup” and as an analyst for the San Antonio Spurs.
In 1988 Vinny Del Negro was selected 29th in the NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. There he played under Jerry Reynolds and Dick Motta with Danny Ainge, Ralph Sampson, and Kenny Smith. After spending two seasons in Sacramento, Vinny signed with Benetton Treviso, leading the team to its first Italian League Championship in 1992. Later that year he returned to the NBA and spent the following six years with the San Antonio Spurs. Vinny helped lead the Spurs to the playoffs five times including two Midwest Division titles.
After his time with the Spurs, Vinny played two seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, one season with the Golden State Warriors and finished his career with two season in Phoenix with the Suns.
Vinny played four seasons at North Carolina State under Coach Jim Valvano. Vinny was named MVP of the 1987 ACC Tournament after leading his team to the tournament title. The following season, Vinny was named First-Team All ACC, averaging 15.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
Vinny currently resides with his family in Arizona.