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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  27 responses

Bulls Fire Vinny Del Negro

Though he’s been a dead man walking for months now, Del Negro’s inglorious run comes to an official end in Chicago today: “The Bulls have called an 11 a.m. Tuesday news conference, at which time sources said they will announce the dismissal of coach Vinny Del Negro with one season and roughly $2 million remaining on his guaranteed three-year contract. Del Negro was informed of his dismissal during a Monday night meeting with Gar Forman, sources said. Del Negro went 82-82 during the regular season and 4-8 during two trips to the postseason. During a late-season interview with the Tribune, Del Negro addressed the possibility of being fired with his typical directness and high-road manner. ‘I’ll leave with my head held high whether it’s this year or next year or in 10 years because I know how hard I worked,’ Del Negro said then. ‘I know how hard I’ve prepared. And I know how I’ve represented the organization.’ The Bulls will embark on their second coaching search in two years, targeting candidates with previous NBA head-coaching experience. Though the Bulls have contacted no candidates yet for interviews, sources indicated they have either performed background on or held internal discussions about at least Lawrence Frank, Kevin McHale, Mo Cheeks, Byron Scott, Dwane Casey and Eric Musselman. That list isn’t comprehensive, and Bulls management will embark on its exhaustive search mindful the one to land Del Negro took eight weeks.”

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  • mickic

    First! about time…

  • ripslam

    “Del Negro went 82-82 during the regular season”. Huh?

  • Nate

    @ripslam over his two season tenure I think

  • BackInBlack

    sam mitchell should get a call

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Sam Mitchell would be great for this squad.

  • BackInBlack

    its a shame that the raptors let him go. they were starting to become good.

  • http://www.ballineurope.com Sam Raphael Chadwick

    I think Mchale would be a good fit here especially for his work with big men such as Kevin Love and Al Jefferson, imagine that kinda work with Noah, Miller etc. Or maybe Byron Scott based on what he did for NO before he failed drastically. Or they could hire me from England I would happily coach the Bulls :)

  • MikeC.

    Avery Johnson would be worth a look as well. With his intensity and defensive priorities, he’d mesh with Noah right away. Nobody can accuse Avery of lack of intensity. He’d need a good staff of assistants to buffer his intensity for some of the more laid back guys though. I can picture Brad Miller and Deng sneaking up behind Avery with pillow cases full of bars of soap.

  • http://aol.com RUN’N'GUN219

    Byron Scott should get this job

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

    Win the championship or GTFO!

  • AL29

    Kevin McHale, Dwane Casey, Eric Musselman? Really?!? Don’t tell me any of those guys would be better than Vinny. And don’t tell me that ANY of the coaches listed in article would be better than Scott Skiles. Sorry Bulls fans, this team will be bad for many years, and it has nothing to do with what you see on the floor.

  • The Philosopher

    Vinny will be fine. He’s a stand up guy.

  • Lucas

    Now fire Paxson, and you’ll be good.

  • http://myspace.com/dontdiecindy Bryan

    please dont let avery anywhere near Derrick Rose.

  • The D Train

    Speak on, Bryan. I was instantly scared half-to-death when I read Lil’ General’s name. All we need is for him to come along and try to reign Rose in. If Chicago goes that route, I’m all out. No way I could stand behind that move.

  • Swizzle

    I write it here first. Lebron will be in CHICAGO. Theyre waiting on a coach LBJ Likes. A phill Jax/Chitown reunion in the works. Think about it…

  • Tommy Patron

    Either Pax is a bumbling douche, or is being made to look like one via carrying out the orders of Reinsdorf. Regardless, it’s still his fault until he is no longer “in charge”.

  • lexluther703

    BYRON MUTHAF**KIN SCOTT

  • http://alan.george@gmail.com Breeze

    I say sam mitchell will be ideal for this team , especially bring some offensive to this damn 90 point scoring team. paxson should get attacked by a bull!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Alls I gotta say is they BETTER get a good damn coach this time around, cause if they get a weak coach and it costs us a potential star free agent or a potential regress, I’ma be on the first flight to O’Hare, and right after I have me some Lou Malnati’s I’ma take a cab to downtown Madison Ave and smack the hell outta Pax!

  • JD

    This is the Shock firing of the century!!!!!

  • LA Huey

    How does Paxon not follow? I actually like Vinny but he should not have been hired as a head coach. That’s on Pax.

  • MikeC.

    @LA Huey – I hear you. I don’t follow the Bulls, so I’m not sure if Vinny was as incompetent as people made him seem. I don’t think a complete blunderphuck could take a young team to back-to-back playoffs, no matter how talented they are. Last year was a good run, exceeding expectations. This year was a stepping stone that was derailed by Noah’s injuries. If having one guy get hurt (who isn’t a super duper star like Lebron or Kobe), completely derails your season, I think that says more about the overall roster strength and depth than it does about the coach. If Noah getting hurt almost cost them a playoff spot, isn’t it Paxson’s fault that they don’t have depth to weather the injury storm?

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    @mikeC – also consider tyrus thomas getting injured, and all the roster changes from a year ago (thomas, gordon, salmons gone; deng, gibson in). i think vinny did a very good job with what he had

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Oh I hope Sam Mitchell gets it.

  • J

    SCOTT! Dennis Scott… kidding Byron Scott of course.

  • DS44

    Byron Scott is the man for the job,but they will bring back Tim Floyd or Bob the janitor.The Bulls will find a way to screw this up.

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