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Source: Del Negro out as Bulls coach

Posted on: May 3, 2010 6:43 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2010 9:18 pm
Vinny Del Negro finally has been fired as coach of the Bulls, putting a merciful end to his rocky two-year tenure, a source with knowledge of the decision confirmed to

The decision came Monday after a series of organizational meetings that culminated in a sitdown with Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on Sunday and the final meeting Monday with GM Gar Forman. As print and broadcast reports trickled out Monday, Del Negro and his staff were hearing the news through the media before officially learning of the decision, which was delivered later in the evening, the person familiar with the situation said.

The Bulls have scheduled an 11 a.m. CT news conference Tuesday to announce Del Negro's firing.

Del Negro, who had one year and about $2 million left on his contract, leaves with two playoff appearances on his resume -- both first-round exits at the hands of East powers Boston and Cleveland. Although he reportedly made the case to Reinsdorf that he and his staff had played a prominent role in the development of young players such as blossoming All-Star Derrick Rose and 2009 first-round pick Taj Gibson, Del Negro could not overcome what some in the organization perceived as neglectful defensive coaching and personal clashes with team executive John Paxson.

Del Negro became embroiled in a physical confrontation with Paxson late in the season after the coach allegedly ignored an agreement among management and the medical staff to limit Joakim Noah's minutes. Noah, one of the Bulls' core players, was recovering from plantar fasciitis. After a game in which Del Negro exceeded Noah's minute limit, Noah missed the next 10 games -- all losses.

Sources said the confrontation with Paxson did not play a role in Del Negro's firing, partly because his dismissal may have been a foregone conclusion anyway. Also, according to a source familiar with the conflict, team management was concerned with the actions of both Del Negro and Paxson, with Reinsdorf apparently pleased with the way Del Negro handled himself in the crucible of pressure that followed. 

Del Negro wasn't the first person to draw the ire of Paxson, known for his raw emotions and temper. But once people close to the situation began hearing the word "insubordination" used to describe Del Negro's actions, the end game was clear.

The Bulls will now engage in a crucial search for Del Negro's replacement, given their stated intentions to be a major player in this summer's free agent market. The stakes were raised Monday when Heat president Pat Riley stated that he wouldn't rule out returning to coach the team if a prospective free agent asked him to. It is 2005 all over again in Miami, when Riley came down from the front office to replace then-coach Stan Van Gundy. With enough room to re-sign Dwyane Wade and add another max player and an $8-10 million player, Miami represents the Bulls chief competition in the chase for 2010 free agents.

After pushing the defending champion Celtics to a seven-game series in the 2009 first round, the Bulls fell in five games this year to Cleveland -- the team with the league's best player and best record. Del Negro's coaching methods and tactical decisions were often unpopular, but it is fair to note that he was left with only one player -- Rose -- who could create his own shot after the team lost Ben Gordon to the Pistons as a free agent last summer and traded John Salmons to the Bucks in February. The Salmons deal cleared enough cap space to add a max player to a core that includes Rose, Noah, Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich -- but of course, that will do Del Negro no good.

The Bulls reportedly are eager to secure a replacement with previous head coaching experience and are expected to focus their search on Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey, former Nets coaches Byron Scott and Lawrence Frank, former Mavs coach Avery Johnson and former Bulls coach Doug Collins, who already has interviewed for the Sixers' opening. Broadcaster and former player Mark Jackson, who has drawn interest from the Clippers, Sixers, Hornets and Nets, would seem to be a long shot for the Chicago job given how Del Negro -- a former player with no head coaching experience -- didn't work out.


Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2010 5:52 am

Source: Del Negro out as Bulls coach

John Paxson is a punk who never amounted to much as a GM. He is like MJ, but without the name cachet. Hey, at least he is better than Danny Ainge. Oh wait. He is not. I really don't understand how stand out NBA players think that they know how to run a team. If MJ could not do it what makes Paxson a less accomplished player think that he can do better? Usually the people who make the greatest GMs are the players who rode the bench or were not superstars but serviceable players. So Paxson was too good for his own good. 

Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 9:46 pm

Source: Del Negro out as Bulls coach

Hey "The Truth", You should write in a larger font because obviously you need alot of attention.

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 9:43 pm

Source: Del Negro out as Bulls coach

I do agree and even Rose wanted him to stay as head coach. They made the playoffs twice in his two years, it's gotta do with the rift between him and Paxson. I wouldn't be surprised if Doug Collins is next in line for the job, he coached the Bulls before. Del Negro will coach again and if not the pros, it will be in college. This is a premature move though.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 9:14 pm

Reports: Del Negro out as Bulls coach

Life goes on. H will be a coach next year, either in the pros or in college. Either way, the Bulls will try hard for Wade or Bosh still.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 8:07 pm
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Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: May 3, 2010 8:05 pm

Reports: Del Negro out as Bulls coach

thank you

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2010 7:35 pm

Reports: Del Negro out as Bulls coach

Poor move. You don't fire a guy after only two years, let alone two years where the team finishes .500 or better and makes the playoffs with 2 good showings against damn good teams. I hope this doesn't lead them to go after some retread coach, although after hiring a coach with no experience (which I have no problem with), it seems inevitable. Dwane Casey, are you kidding me????

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2010 7:28 pm

Reports: Del Negro out as Bulls coach

Good move on the part of Chicago Executive management.  Chicago has the 2nd most salary cap space next to the Knicks in trying to lure a superstar player (ie. Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, etc.) to Chicago.  The team needs to hire an experienced coach that these players can relate to Chicago can be an attractive spot for the off-season.

Vinney Del Negro did a great job in Chicago, he lead the team to 2 straight playoff appearances and was defeated by the Boston Celtics and the Clevalad Cavs.  Both are top teams in the East and aside from the Orlando Magic there are no other elite teams.  The Bulls took Boston to game 7 and Lebron was simply too much for the Bulls to handle.  Nevertheless a good effort for such a young team.

Del Negro will get another coaching job, either as an Assistant coach in the NBA or Head Coach in College.  He has a polished enough record to say that he was successful as Head Coach of the Bulls with no prior coaching experience.  Not bad at all.

A veteran coach with a proven record will be the difference maker for Chicago.  The right coach can lure the likes of Wade or Bosh to Chicago to play alongside Derrick Rose and company which what the goal was for Chicago to begin with. 

They wanted that superstar player and hopefully will be able sign Bosh out of Toronto.  Bosh is miserable there...


Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2010 7:26 pm

Reports: Del Negro out as Bulls coach

questionable move considering he did get to the playoffs twice and especially with this year's team that wasn't even supposed to make it.  But this is the Bulls front office here, killers of all things good anyways.  They better find a coach that gets the same amount of toughness that Vinny got out of this team or we here in Chicago will not be happy. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 7:13 pm

Reports: Del Negro out as Bulls coach

he didnt get fired because of his job performance. It was because he didnt get along with upper management. No matter what line of work you are in that is career suicide

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