There's usually a common thread when it comes to evaluating the most inept operations in sports. When you think of failed franchises in our professional leagues, you think of chaos: constant turnover, bad trades, poor draft picks, etc.
But there is typically one source of continuity, and it's at the very top. Since Donald Sterling purchased the Clippers in the early '80s, his franchise has enjoyed four winning seasons in more than three decades. Now Sterling's club has punctuated its best-ever season by parting ways with its coach, Vinny Del Negro.