Now, i'm not going to even say if im pro or anti a 3rd season of Vinny Del Negro's coaching. But Vinny certainly is an option still for next year, and i'm going to show why he isn't automatically the worst possible situation.
1. He's been to the playoffs twice in two years. Self explanitory.
2. He can motivate, and keep the team focused. Something i've noticed about Vinny, is when the team pulls out one of it's Bulls: 4, Other team:17 starts in the first quarter, Vinny calls a time-out, and i'm not sure what he says, but it seems that more often than not the Bulls come out of the time-out and win the first quarter by 4 or something. He certainly knows how to keep a young team motivated and trying, and he seems to know how to keep them from getting demoralized when the other team hits a momentum 3 or gets their home crowd into it when the Bulls are on the road. Same type of thing with the Vinny-Pax thing. Whatever he did, the team stayed focused to make the playoffs.
3. Who else is out there? Unless we get Phil Jackson, Doug Collins, or maybe Byron Scott, I really don't know if there is a better option. Avery Johnson? Lawrence Frank? Kevin McHale? Hubie Brown? No thanks. There a few former players who I think would make a good coach (Scottie Pipper, Chris Webber) but the last thing we want is a guy who has never coached a game before.
4. What the hell else did you expect out of Vinny? This is my main point in Vinny's favor. The Chicago Bulls hired a coach with zero expirience. In my opinion, we got the best case senario out of him. Vinny developed Rose into an All-Star and Noah into a near All-Star, and both aren't done. He got us to the playoffs last year and damn near won that Boston series. This season, take away the 10 game losing streak, and we win about 46 games. I don't know about you, but I think we win a series against either Milwaukee or Boston. Say "well he shouldn't have lost 10 in a row". Ok...the 3 best players on the team were out. He had to start guys on this horribly thin roster who would be lucky to make the rotation of most playoff teams (Pargo, Warrick im looking at you). Honestly, I am really interested in what else you wanted out of Vinny as a head coach. I think he did the best possible job he could, and might just deserve a chance to do something with a real contender, like the Bulls should be next season.
5. The Paxson thing? Fire Paxson. If this is the reason for firing Vinny...maybe Paxson should go instead. Who is more valuable to the team? A 2-time playoff coach who developed Rose and Noah, and overachived with a roster building for next year, or a guy who made just as many (if not more) questionable moves as he did good ones?
Again, im not going to say if im on the Vinny love train, because i'm not looking to be flamed. I figured this was something that is a major issue for a favorite team, and it needed to be discussed.