Chris Paul is upset with the Los Angeles Clippers organization because he is being widely blamed for the firing of Vinny Del Negro as the Clippers' coach, according to a source close to the situation.
How much of an impact this will have on Paul's decision to re-sign with the Clippers as a free agent is not clear, but the source conceded that Paul's anger could lead him to look elsewhere.
"He's angry right now and his anger is directed toward the Clippers organization," the source said. "Chris is a man of principle and if he feels like you've gone against his principles, it will affect how he feels about you. He's very agitated that his name has been put out there as the reason for Vinny's firing. He had nothing to do with it."
Sterling told Times columnist T.J. Simers that Del Negro "is a wonderful man" and that he's "sad about the whole thing."
Simers wrote that he asked Sterling if Del Negro was fired "just to hang on to Chris Paul."
Sterling said: "I always want to be honest and not say anything that is not true. So I'd rather not say anything. But you know, the coach did a really good job. I think he did. And I liked working with him. There are just factors that make life very complicated and very challenging."
Simers then wrote that he asked Sterling if he was "off base" to say the "players are now calling the shots?"
"No, you're not off base," Sterling replied. "This is a players' league, and, unfortunately, if you want to win, you have to make the players happy."
Simers later quoted Sterling as saying, "If you have special players, and special players think that they know the best opportunity to win, you have to support them."
So CP3 is pissed at Sterling. How he can be angry at such a fantastic owner is beyond me