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Bulls Expected to Fire Del Negro This Week

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  • Bulls Expected to Fire Del Negro This Week

    Hmm ... although his name wasn't mentioned as a replacement, but you gotta think Smitch might be considered too.

    Vinny Del Negro met with Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on Sunday, but the embattled coach's 11th-hour argument to keep his job won't change what the Tribune has reported since December 2009:

    Del Negro is expected to be dismissed with one year and roughly $2 million remaining on his guaranteed three-year contract. Barring a snag, the Bulls will make this news official Tuesday.

    At that point, executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman will embark on a search focusing on candidates with previous NBA head-coaching experience.

    Doug Collins, Lawrence Frank, Kevin McHale, Maurice Cheeks, Byron Scott and Dwane Casey are some of the many names who fit that description and could receive interviews. Management is waiting to contact prospective candidates until Del Negro officially is dismissed.

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    In his meeting with Reinsdorf, Del Negro pointed to Derrick Rose's growth into an All-Star player, Joakim Noah's progression and Taj Gibson's All-Rookie selection as proof of his and his staff's development of young players, sources said.

    He also pointed to the Bulls leading the league in rebounding and improving defensively as evidence of him following management's targeted areas of improvement from last summer, sources said.
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  • #2
    Let me get this straight: Vinny is getting fired after the team traded away two key players (Tyrus Thomas and John Salmons while not even replacing Ben Gordon loss at the start of the season) and still managed to somehow to get to the playoffs, while Triano failed to get to the Playoffs, had a better roster and yet his job is comfortably secured?!!

    something is missing here.


    • #3
      This seems like a "political" firing. The team played hard for the coach and the 2 best players want him around. Maybe Paxson thinks they cannot get to the next level with Del Negro ...or in order to get an upper tier free agent they need to show they have an upper tier coach.

      This is thinking that is unfamiliar around these parts (and apparently Paxson & Del Negro were buds).


      • #4
        Here comes Larry Brown to Chitown.
        RR OG