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Vinny good enough for LeBron
LeBron James saw the angle, but answered the question tactfully: Did he think the Bulls were well-coached by Vinny Del Negro. "I think they were well-coached," James said. "Vinny and his staff had that group ready. They have a group of young talent that can really play the game of basketball, and they played hard. There was not one point where they were laying down. In Game 4, we just got our stuff going and made stops, but they didn't lay down. I'm not trying to make a pitch for Vinny because I know what's going on -- is Vinny in or is Vinny out? That's not my job. But they played hard."

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Fire John Paxson

I think the biggest reason for the speculation that Vinny will lose his job is the fact that Paxson doesn't like him.

From what I read so far, Vinny did a good job in coaching the Bulls and got endorsement from Derrick Rose and Noah. That's all the support he needs from his player.

John Paxson has been a solid GM, but he had never addressed the issues on a lack of scoring in the post.

John Paxson's mistakes included:
1) signing over-the-hill Big Ben for a crazy contract while everyone knew it was a bad contract.
2) Trading the draft right of Aldridge for Tyrus Thomas while the Bulls at the point really needed a scoring big man instead of a raw tweeter forward.

I think John Paxson deserved to be fired more than Vinny mainly because of his lack of progress for the past a few years. John Paxson actually did a decent job otherwise.

If the Bulls weren't lucky enough to land the #1 pick and got Derrick Rose in 2008, the Bulls should still be a crappy team at the bottom of Eastern conference.

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i agree with you they act like the players quit on vinny no they were just injured all season and IMO if im a coach and my player says coach i can play he is gonna play no matter what management says players win games not coaches or owners

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Absolutely right about that trade with LaMarcus Aldridge for Tyrus Thomas and a peanut named Viktor Khryhapa... The effect was horrible and I really couldn't believe it... As athletic as Tyrus was, the Bulls needed a scoring big man to fill in the slot left by Eddy Curry but instead they went for another Ben Wallace type in Thomas... The result was unbelievable... In two years time, Aldridge averaged more than what Thomas and Khryapa combined for.
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To be honest, Del Negro

To be honest, Del Negro didn't have the pieces to do anything great. The Bulls lack a true shooter (Hinrich is their best shooter, and he's only slightly above average as a shooter IMO) and they don't have an offensive post presence, so the Bulls were basically limited to pick-and-roll and isos with Rose. When you have Rose and the lack of offensive talent that Chicago had, pick and roll with a freak like Rose is not all that bad. Not good enough to win anything (as we see now), but it's not exactly a disaster like most people are making Del Negro's coaching out to be. He worked pretty well with what he had IMO. It's kind of like how you only give a rookie or freshman QB in football a select few basic plays to run until the personnel fits or until they master the offense. The Bulls were a more versatile offensive team when they had the threat of Ben Gordon shooting/scoring, so I don't think it's right to make Del Negro is a bad coach. He may get fired though because of turmoil with the organization, but his coaching has been blown slightly out of proportion.

I think if you get the Bulls some better role players like a versatile pick-and-roll/pop player (Mike Beasley, Carlos Boozer or Amare) or a shooter whether in free agency (Joe Johnson) or in the draft (Xavier Henry, James Anderson, Paul George), then the true assessment of Del Negro as a coach should begin.

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