When something goes wrong, the coach usually is blamed. I generally try to resist that easy urge and look for other reasons, but I can't get past the coaching of Vinny Del Negro in the Bulls' ridiculous collapse Monday night.
Although the players certainly are culpable for gagging like a toddler eating solid food for the first time, Del Negro didn't do enough to stop freefall in the fourth quarter.
He called timeouts to stop Sacramento's momentum and properly instructed his players to move the ball and run the offense, but mostly his approach was to let the players on the court work their way out of it.
And while we're dishing out blame, management has to accept some for the roster they gave Del Negro -- with few options if the main guys are struggling.
Normally, I'd be in favor of having as many 7-footers as possible, but Aaron Gray is taking up a roster spot and money that would be better used on a player that Del Negro might actually want to use occasionally.
It never happened.
When it became obviously about midway through the fourth quarter that they were tighter than spandex pants and no one was capable of making a shot, I would have inserted Jannero Pargo into the game.
Sure, Pargo hadn't played to that point - hadn't played in a couple of games, in fact - but he has a gunner's mentality and would have shot the ball with confidence -- something no one on the court was doing at that point.
If the Bulls could have made a couple of shots in the middle of the quarter, disaster probably could have been avoided.
I might have also inserted veteran Lindsey Hunter for some leadership. When things are going so wrong, sometimes you have to shake things up and try something bold. You can't sit back and let disaster happen.