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Del Negro must take a lot of blame for collapse

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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.

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How pathetic...coaches & players, make me long for the baseball season to start and I'm not a baseball fan.

Your assessment points a finger directly at BULLS MANAGEMENT. Pargo and Hunter are your BEST OPTIONS, So sad. Management has been ignoring the loss of Tyrus for Weeks. Now, you've got DOWNWARD MOMENTUM at a time when you need wins to stay in the playoff race. When TT webt down, we needed a serviceble PF to HELP. Oh, don't forget Miller----who has become a spent MOPE ever since TT went down----right when we needed him most. What a disaster!!!!!!!!!

I'm one fan who sat thru all that mess. If anyone notice the coaching styles of some of the NBA's prominant senior coaches such as Jerry Sloan, Popovich, etc, whenever their teams get a lead over 25 points they play their second core players. This would have been important especially since your team had another game to play the next day. Vinnie only played about seven players. So the starters expended alot of energy to built that lead but they look like they didn't have much left in the tank to finish the game. Can you say, "Merry Christmas, Vinnie...your pink slip is in the envelope!"

Look, at the end of the day, Vinny only played 7 guys (not including Pargo, who played 6 seconds) while the Kings played 11 guys. I've played basketball, I know how hard it can be to even run down the court, yet alone score buckets, if I haven't had a break or breather. Even in the playoffs, teams will still play around 8 maybe 9 guys. Thats the real reason behind the collapse if you ask me.

Yesterday's ridiculous loss and this horrible season in general are because of bad decisions made by management. They make one good decision which really wasn't much of a decision in reality by drafting Rose. They then start the main reason they have been average and below average by hiring a rookie coach with no coaching experience of any kind. Vinny was the wrong choice, Derrick Rose needed a coach who could show him the ropes and help progress his game. Vinny should never have been hired, and that is a main reason why the Bulls are where they are today.

Now they think that one of next year's prize free agents will come to this team? Not a chance, and we will have wasted time waiting on Lebron and Wade and will stink again. Fire Vinny today, bring in a good coach with experience like an Avery Johnson, and get this team headed in a good diretion so that maybe a decent free agent will think about coming here next year.

Last night's loss to the Knicks could easily be seen as a result of Vinny's refusal to play any more than 7 players the night before. From the outset it was obvious they lacked energy. Had Vinny used JJ and Pargo Monday night in the thrid and fourth quarter not only might that have changed things up enough to avoid the epic collapse but would have also saved some energy for the back hakf of the back to back games which also included a late night flight to NY. Although they did make a late game run last night they ran out of gas and fell short. Vinny's lack of bench use will wear this team down even before the All-Star break and leave them waiting for yet another bounce of the ping pong balls.

that's what happens when you hire a coach that never coached a single nba or college game in his life. we continue to keep mediocre players with no intentions of trying to strive to be competitive with the upper echelon of the league. Here again, this management being satisfied with the corporate out of town fan base, that couldn't care less except to entertain clients. Two many years of this lack of progress. I gave up my season tickets.

Vinny only played 7 guys (not including Pargo, who played 6 seconds) while the Kings played 11 guys. I've played basketball, I know how hard it can be to even run down the court, yet alone score buckets, if I haven't had a break or breather. Even in the playoffs, teams will still play aroundugg outlet 8 maybe 9 guys. Thats the real reason behind the collapse if you ask me.

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