My first thought was "and they said Bob Johnson was cheap!".
It's amazing to me that an owner could make that much money off of a team and care so little for the development of a nice young core of players that he'd let salary be a chief factor in determining the coach.
Anyway, getting Ben Wallace was what really screwed them up last year and now he's gone. Of course Hughes isn't reported to be a coach's dream either, so Del Negro still won't have it quite as easy as the Idiot did. We had no cancerous type players other than maybe Touche'...but why would he bitch since he's the only coach that would ever give him starter minutes?
I think it all depends on whether Del Negro listens to his players, plays to their strengths and implements an easy but effective system that they all can buy into. At his presser I think he said a faster offense but respectable D. I think the Idiot said similar, but at least Del Negro came from that system.
He'd have to be really bad to = the Idiot. It's going to depend a lot on what moves Paxson makes this season including who he picks 1st.