Johnson now an option for Bulls; D'An...

Johnson now an option for Bulls; D'Antoni next?

There are 19 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 30, 2008, titled Johnson now an option for Bulls; D'Antoni next?. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Days like Wednesday are why general manager John Paxson insisted he had no timetable to fill the Bulls ' vacant coaching position.

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David Ryden

United States

#1 May 1, 2008
So, Paxson has no timetable---what's new.
Like on all the star players he missed out
on this year. Fact is he's just can not make

United States

#2 May 1, 2008
Well, we're stuck with Paxson for a few more years...dollars to donuts the Bulls sign Johnson to be the next coach...
George Tomek

Edmond, OK

#4 May 1, 2008
Do the Bulls really want a coach who was lax with trouble makers during the playoffs?

Youngstown, OH

#6 May 1, 2008
It would have been stupid for Paxson just to hire someone to get it over with a few weeks ago to make some cranky and impatient fans happy. He isn't being indecisive or passing up on a star coach. He is obviously waiting for the playoffs to work itself out and all those coaches and assistants to become available. I am happy that Paxon is waiting for that eventuality. Otherwise we would have had a much smaller and less talented pool to be picking from, as it was even a few days ago.

It is pretty obvious to me that if the Bucks were willing to go with Skiles, a two time quitter, over the pool of coaches available at that time then they must have considered them all worse than Skiles. Why would we want to pick from coaches that even the Bucks wouldn't want? We are better off waiting to see what comes of the playoffs. Already we have much better choices that we did a week ago.

Peoria, AZ

#7 May 1, 2008
You don't want D'antoni.
He's as arrogant as Phil Jackson yet can't understannd defense,rebounding and using your bench effectivley.
Angry in Indiana

New York, NY

#8 May 1, 2008
I agree with Hil who writes: "It would have been stupid for Paxson just to hire someone to get it over with a few weeks ago to make some cranky and impatient fans happy."

But if Pax is interviewing a laundry list of candidates--seems the only person he has ruled out is Larry Brown--then he didn't do much to prepare for this during the season. I don't agree that there is inspired thinking around a process that smacks of: I-don't-know-who-to-hire-but-I -will-know-who-when-I-intervie w-them. Oh, and they probably should be a former player (like Cartwright and Skiles?).

If he likes the triangle, why not go after Jackson? If he needs someone to run the triangle, maybe he could get MJ--who would be a better player today than every Bull on the roster Pax put together. LOL!
Flynn Robinson

Bloomingdale, IL

#9 May 1, 2008
Hire Carlisle before he gets away. It's only a one or two year commitment at best anyway. Coaches are very expendable commodities. Van Gundy isn't coming out of commentator school any time soon. Don't understand the Phoenix guy. I'd take D'Antoni if he could replicate what he and Colangelo assembled in Phoenix w/o a Steve Nash here.

Conroe, TX

#10 May 1, 2008
They had a fine coach in Scott Skiles, what they need are better players who can be coached.

Denver, CO

#11 May 1, 2008
Two words...Pat Riley

Youngstown, OH

#12 May 1, 2008
Skiles wasn't a player's coach. He had communication problems, alienated players, and a sarcastic sense of humor that didn't seem to work well with the players. His personality obviously wore thin on them after a few years. The players stopped putting the same effort out for him, but he didn't adapt either. He will be able to turn the Bucks around, but after a few years, like on any team he's coached, they will get tired of him and likely he won't adapt and this will happen all over again. Still, the Bucks will likely have a few good years with him.

Schaumburg, IL

#14 May 1, 2008
D'antoni couldn't adjust his team so it could win without nash despite the fact that they had guys like Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudemire! Bulls dont have anybody in their league so why would we even consider him???

Rick Carlisle is the clear choice to me. He wins everywhere he goes enough said. He knows the division like no other since he coached both Detriot and Indiana.

I highly doubt Stand Pax has a plan or clue of what to do during his coaching "search." This tard and his brother are like Dumb and Dumber trying to run an organization... I mean just look at their history these two idiots signed perhaps the biggest busts in recent history! Larry Hughes when Jim Paxson was running the Cavs and Ben Wallace here in Chicago!

PLEASE FIRE THE PAXSONS!!!!! and don't hire another former player to be GM they rarely are any good...

Schaumburg, IL

#15 May 1, 2008
1 word- i quit.

Youngstown, OH

#16 May 1, 2008
D'Antoni had two stars, Stoudemire and Nash, who either couldn't or wouldn't play defense. That was the thorn in their side. They played extensive minutes and on mostly one side of the court so defensively it was like playing 3 on 5. If D'Antoni's next job is with the Bulls he has a lot to teach us about offense and the added bonus is that many of our players are good defenders already. Hire an assistant who is defensively minded and you'd be set with D'Antoni.
Samuel Blackwell

United States

#17 May 1, 2008
Why don't the bulls just shut up and hire avery johnson for the job , because he's perfect. and then trade hinrich to get gilbert arenas and sigh back elton brand to rebuild this messed up franchise that paxson created
Samuel Blackwell

United States

#18 May 1, 2008
the bulls need to trade for a superstar but keep ben gordon and luol deng.
Samuel Blackwell

United States

#19 May 1, 2008
From tim thomas to lamarcus albridge, what else does he give away, Oh! J.R. Smith what an idiot. It's like whenever talent comes he always tries to get rid of it. to late to fix it now i mean who would want to coach this destroyed franchise. Go Atlanta!

United States

#20 May 2, 2008
Besides a new coach, and let's face it, either Johnson or D'Antoni are one step or two or three or four or ten up from Boylan, they need some new players. I am in favor of either if they could bring a player or two with them. Heck, Nash and Nowitzki would do fine in place of Kirk and Tyrus Thomas. Maybe that actually is the bigger problem anyways - having players. Cuban and Kerr didn't help Johnson and D'Antoni with their trades either. We are dealing with losing situations any way you look at it. D'Antoni and D'Angelo - all we need is "Da Coach". Bring back Ditka. I heard Bears played a mean game of basketball against the media for charity.

Schaumburg, IL

#21 May 2, 2008
Samuel Blackwell wrote:
the bulls need to trade for a superstar but keep ben gordon and luol deng.
Yeah lets make sure we keep Gordon cause he is great... Check the plus minus stats on when gordon was on the floor the bulls were outscored by like 366 points! He was the worst player on the team last year. For every point he makes and difficult shot he draines he gives up two on defense cause he is garbage!!! He gets trashed regularly and needs to be the first out the door if Paxson is going to go on his regular give-a-away talent for old washed up overpaid crap...

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