Wouldn't hang up on Bulls
Former NBA coach of the year Byron Scott said he wouldn’t hang up the
phone on the Chicago Bulls if they call him this offseason about a
Vinny Del Negro, who has led the Bulls to playoff appearances in his two
seasons in Chicago, has another year left on his contract, but it’s
widely speculated that Del Negro will be let go as soon as the season is
over. The Bulls trail the Cleveland Cavaliers 2-0 in the Eastern
"Chicago is a city I love," Scott said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I spend time in Chicago during the summers, and coaching [the New Jersey Nets] in the Eastern Conference, I’ve been in Chicago a bunch of times.
"I wouldn’t hang the phone up, let’s put it that way. And I do think Chicago is going to be one of the better jobs that’s available, if it’s available."
Recent reports about a physical altercation between Del Negro and Bulls vice president John Paxson did nothing to quell the speculation about Del Negro’s future. Scott, at first, downplayed the incident’s impact on future coaching candidates.
"Well, I don’t really know about front-office chaos, because the only thing I really heard was the incident with John and Vinny about Joakim Noah’s minutes, or something like that," said Scott, who is an NBA analyst for ESPN. "Other than that, I haven’t really heard about the front office and that type of chaos.
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"I think that always starts at the top, and once the top is stable, it’s a very desirable place to play basketball."
But when pressed, Scott said it was a big dea