Vinny Del Negro
|Head coach /General manager (2007)|
Point guard (1988-2001)
|Date of birth: August 9, 1966|
|Place of birth: Springfield, Massachusetts|
|Height: 6 ft 4 in||Weight: 189 lbs|
|College: North Carolina State|
|NBA Draft: 1988 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29th|
|Selected by the Sacramento Kings|
|Debuted in 1988 for the Sacramento Kings|
|Last played in 2001 for the Phoenix Suns|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Profile at NBA.com|
Vincent "Vinny" Joseph Del Negro (born August 9, 1966 in Springfield, Massachusetts) is an American retired professional basketball player and current professional basketball coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Del Negro played for Jim Valvano at North Carolina State. As a senior, Del Negro was selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team after averaging 15.9 points, 3.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Del Negro was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 29th pick in the 1988 NBA Draft. Del Negro played 2 seasons for Sacramento before leaving for Italy and playing for Benetton Treviso for another 2 years.
Upon his return to the NBA, Del Negro played for the San Antonio Spurs for the next 6 years. Del Negro played for the Milwaukee Bucks for the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons. Del Negro was traded to the Golden State Warriors in a three team deal that also involved the Cleveland Cavaliers in June 2000. In January 2001, Del Negro was traded to the Phoenix Suns, and was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in a three team deal with the Orlando Magic. Del Negro never played for the Clippers.
Del Negro's career statistics were 9.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 47.5% from the field and 84.0% from the free throw line.
On June 9, 2008, multiple media reports indicated Del Negro had agreed to become the new head coach of the Chicago Bulls, making it his first coaching assignment. He became the favorite for the job after former Bulls' coach Doug Collins pulled his name from consideration.
Two days later, Del Negro was officially introduced as the new head coach of the Bulls, replacing Jim Boylan and being the 17th head coach in Bulls' history.