Jay Mariotti in Today's Chicago Sun-Times
"Assuming he even wants to return -- and I still wouldn't be shocked if he walked away after calling this the worst year of his basketball life -- Paxson also better start contacting the names of his ``short list'' of possible coaches. But who would want to coach this team? Larry Brown has shown interest through intermediaries, yet even if he took a huge cut from his astronomical rate of pay, wouldn't they also rebel against him? Jeff Van Gundy still makes the most sense, but would he want to deal with these headaches when it's clear the Celtics will rule the East for a few years? The latest interesting name is Larry Bird, who is being pushed out of an executive chair in Indiana and might want to return to coaching, an area in which he fared better (remember when he coached the Pacers to within a few minutes of a Game7 win over the Bulls in the 1998 playoffs?) Then there's Mike Krzyzewski, Chicago's very own, who might be getting sick of smallish, undertalented teams and early-round NCAA tournament losses at Duke. If you're Paxson, don't you at least put in a call to Coach K? Isn't Krzyzewski poised to be a national hero if he coaches a re-energized Olympic hoops movement to a gold medal in Beijing? Wouldn't the Bulls be smart to capitalize on his post-China cachet? Just a thought.
From the Detroit News
Carlisle to Chicago? "It looks like former Pistons and Pacers coach Rick Carlisle might be coming back to the Central Division. Reports across the league Sunday place him as the leading candidate to replace Jim Boylan once the Bulls get through this season from hell. It would be a great choice, by the way. Carlisle is a quieter, less outwardly abrasive version of Scott Skiles. He will impose the same structure and demand the same discipline that worked in Chicago for Skiles, without the acrimony. And without question, Carlisle's system works in the Eastern Conference. But you know he had to squirm when he saw what happened to the Bulls on Saturday. In the first half of yet another Bulls loss, Andres Nocioni blew up at Boylan, cursed him on the bench during the game, and was sent to the locker room. He never came back."
Even though Mariotti is a joke, is there any validity to his statements? Personally, Coach K will never leave Duke and would Larry Bird really try to coach the Bulls? How about Carlisle? He seem like a good pick to me.
Also, any chance that Paxson calls it quits?
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