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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  23 responses

Vinny Del Negro’s Scorchingly Hot Seat

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

The Bulls’ collapse last night was of historic proportions. Since these things began to be tracked, only the 1996 Denver Nuggets have lost a bigger lead (36 points over the Jazz), and ultimately the game.

Head coach Vinny Del Negro, who looked more and more despondent with each Sacramento basket in the fourth quarter, is somehow still gainfully employed by the Bulls this morning. But, for how much longer?

According to certain reports, Del Negro has until mid-January to prove why he should still be the team’s coach. After last night’s meltdown, however, that timeline could very well be moved up.

CBS Sports presents some options:

Why not the Bulls? Why not Paxson, who relinquished the day-to-day GM duties to Forman last summer? “I doubt it very much,” said a person familiar with the Bulls’ situation, citing how Paxson’s relationships with certain players are frayed. But at least he has relationships with certain players. How can Del Negro command respect in the huddle — and vice versa, frankly — after what happened to this team Monday night?

Another option that has been mentioned is Frank, who was fired by the Nets and, as such, would come cheap since he’s collecting $4 million of Bruce Ratner’s money for the rest of this season. But this is probably not the best situation for either one. Frank will be looking for a clean slate after starting the season 0-16. The Bulls will have a hard time getting a spark out of hiring a coach who hasn’t won a single game all season.

OK, so that’s not encouraging at all. Moving on…

It’s interesting to note, that the Bulls have previously fired two coaches on Christmas Eve. VDN might soon make it a trifecta.

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    From the Peter Vescey column email I get: “This just in: By blowing a 35-point advantage at the United Center and losing to the Kings, Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro appears to have guaranteed he’ll be home for the holidays and then some.”

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ DIMITRIS DIAMANTIDIS

    BREAKING NEWS!!!!!! VON WAFER to Grizzlies and MARCO JARIC to Real Madrid(that’s bad)!!!!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Del Negro should have his keys and badge taken from him this morning.

  • God Shamgod

    Losing to the nets and blowing a 35 point lead at home to the Kings is what gets people in the organization fired. Vinny isn’t the whole problem, but you just can’t let your team lose a game like last night. He sat Rose way too long and went away from Deng who was on fire the first half. Having John Salmons pop shot after shot and turn the ball over non stop does not help either. To think I was actually impressed after the win against Atlanta then they pull this.

  • The D Train

    totally disgusting. as a Bulls fan i am covered in disgust.

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    They can’t fire him before the 3 point contest!!!!

  • hellyea

    Dimitris: Does anyone care? About you?

  • Captain Spaulding

    VDN has to go. The Bulls are 6 games below 500 and that is not acceptable, true there is still much season left but no team likes to dig themselves out of a hole this early in the season.

  • LA Huey

    Luke Wilson should’ve never had the job in the first place. Give the clipboard to Avery!

  • http://www.inbox.lv smiles

    come on now the Bulls sucked and Del Negro was not the reason why, starting with the 4th quarter it was all turnovers for the Bulls, not to mention they constantly lost the defensive glass, Del Negro took timeouts, switched players, did everything he possibly could, the players just had no focus and blew the lead by themselves, a young team, but needs to grow up fast

  • http://www.inbox.lv smiles

    come on now the Bulls players su**ed and Del Negro was not the reason why, starting with the 4th quarter it was all turnovers for the Bulls, not to mention they constantly lost the defensive glass, Del Negro did everything he possibly could, the players just had no focus and played with no heart as if it was gametime at the half

  • TheTeam

    Either Del Negro gets fired or go for a risky trade with someone like Thomas take a gamble

  • TheTeam

    I was about to cry (not really) im one of the biggest Bulls fans and to see Tyreke go to work was sad Rose should have gotten a few blocks

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Vinny’s gonna call 4 time outs in his office in an effort to stall his firing.

  • tavoris

    lol@Anton…u always harpin on VDN

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    bulls will never b the same..

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    unlike skiles, vinny will cry his lil noncoaching eyes out on christmas eve.

  • http://myspace kenneth chavis

    Vinny Del Negro probably should of never been the coach from the start. His hiring was a huge enigma to me, that was his first coaching gig at any level. They should sign Avery Johnson

  • ClydeSays

    Just in time for the Annual Firing of the Bulls Coach. That was Vinny’s present to the Bulls ownership.

  • guti

    he might get fired mid-game if this continues

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    Tim Floyd was fired on Christmas Eve. So was Scott Skiles. My cousin Vinny gets the axe on Thursday

  • jpen

    i just dont know wat to say about this game, as a bulls fan i am totally embarased by this.. unbelievable..

  • CJK

    Come on VINNY!!! i need my bulls in prime condition when i see them courtside versus the Magic in a week and a half!!!

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