Del Negro named coach of the month
JAN 02, 2013 1:19p ET
Heading into Wednesday night’s game at Golden State, the Clippers (25-7) have the second-best record in the league, behind Oklahoma City (24-6). Their 17-game winning streak, the longest in the NBA since 2008, ended New Year’s Day in a 92-78 loss at Denver.
Del Negro is in his third season as Clippers coach after two seasons with the Chicago Bulls. Last season, he took the Clippers to the conference finals before losing to the San Antonio Spurs.
This is the first time Del Negro has won coach of the month honors. He’s the first Clippers coach to win the award since Larry Brown in March 1992.
Other Western Conference nominees were Mark Jackson of Golden State, Scott Brooks of Oklahoma City and Terry Stotts of Portland.
Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew was named the Eastern Conference’s top coach for December.