These coaches castoffs? That's fantastic for Bulls

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Mike D'Antoni is a man Kobe Bryant considered his American idol when they both lived overseas.
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Ron

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May 5, 2008
 
Good now get either one and move forward and gat some real basketball players together. Chicago needs a real team NOW.
michael p coy

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#2
May 6, 2008
 
The little team that could added some toxic waste to the team and it's balance was thrown out of wack to the point where everyone got real tired and started playing just for themselves not as a team
Stacey

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#3
May 6, 2008
 
Bring back Jimmy B! He's my man!
Brent in NC

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#4
May 6, 2008
 
get a point guard who can play.
Shoo

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#5
May 6, 2008
 
Where's the buzz?? The reason there's no "buzz" is that in terms of pure coaching talent, I'd rather take Skiles over either of those other two. The fact is that both D'Antoni and Johnson had MUCH more talent (and effort) at their disposal than Skiles ever had. The team, as presently constituted, needs a major attitude overhaul. In terms of stressing fundamentals and accountability, I'd rather have Johnson over D'Antoni, but I'd also rather have Skiles than either of those two based on that criteria. But then again, look where that got Scott Skiles.
Carl

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#6
May 6, 2008
 
I like the Avery Johnson hire better than D'Antoni. If they hire D'Antoni, they should make sure to get an assistant who can emphasize defense--maybe make him the "defensive coordinator" like in the NFL.

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Since: Dec 07

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#7
May 6, 2008
 
We still need to improve the roster. It is quite unlikely that the Bulls will beat Cleveland, Boston, or Detroit in the playoffs anytime soon.
Now Wait a Minute

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#8
May 6, 2008
 
Finally, the columnist took the time to piece together an informative article. See how good you can be when you actually work for the money you make?
Jem

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#9
May 6, 2008
 
D'Antoni would rock. This Bulls team actually could be a decent up tempo team--not that Hinrich is Nash. It would be great if he'd hire a tough minded defensive assistant.
Bulls Fan

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#10
May 6, 2008
 
I've said it once and I'll say it again. Coaches dont win championships players do. Who cares who coaches, GETTING SOME PLAYERS is the most importnat part of the equation. I think either Avery or D'antoni is okay but personally I liked Skiles. Oh well, only a few more days until the draft lottery. Good Luck!
Bulls

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#11
May 6, 2008
 
Hey, Downey, you are forgetting Johnny Kerr. Kerr was Coach of the Year in 1967. That's all it takes to be considered a good coach, right?
Mike

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#12
May 6, 2008
 
It's not the coach - the Bulls were soft last year. They missed PJ Brown more than they realized. Tyrus Thomas, Luol Deng, Ben Gordon, Larry Hughes - soft, soft, soft, soft. Noah may turn out to be as good as Chandler has become, but not unless they get a point guard who can penetrate and lob him the ball. I love Hinrich, but he isn't getting any better. He just doesn't shoot or penetrate well enough to keep getting the minutes he's getting.

I don't know if a coach can teach toughness. Chuck Daly had some really tough Pistons teams, but it started with the players.
johnny

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#13
May 6, 2008
 
Mike wrote:
It's not the coach - the Bulls were soft last year. They missed PJ Brown more than they realized. Tyrus Thomas, Luol Deng, Ben Gordon, Larry Hughes - soft, soft, soft, soft. Noah may turn out to be as good as Chandler has become, but not unless they get a point guard who can penetrate and lob him the ball. I love Hinrich, but he isn't getting any better. He just doesn't shoot or penetrate well enough to keep getting the minutes he's getting.
I don't know if a coach can teach toughness. Chuck Daly had some really tough Pistons teams, but it started with the players.
U really don't know anything about basketball do u? Noah is the best of the bunch? He is a undersize pf playing center, without any offensive skills. He's a decent rebounder only. As for the point guard, where do u plan on finding him? Chris Paul is a rare type of player. Most of the players u mention as soft have specialized types of skills, an are not natural leaders. Tough is ok, talent is better.
johnny

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May 6, 2008
 
Shoo wrote:
Where's the buzz?? The reason there's no "buzz" is that in terms of pure coaching talent, I'd rather take Skiles over either of those other two. The fact is that both D'Antoni and Johnson had MUCH more talent (and effort) at their disposal than Skiles ever had. The team, as presently constituted, needs a major attitude overhaul. In terms of stressing fundamentals and accountability, I'd rather have Johnson over D'Antoni, but I'd also rather have Skiles than either of those two based on that criteria. But then again, look where that got Scott Skiles.
Maybe skiles didn't know how to use his talent or relate to the players.
Charles

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#15
May 6, 2008
 
I would love to have Mike D'Antoni here, a legit offensive minded coach. Think what he could could get out of Tyrus & Noah (the only players worth keeping), and how other players would want to play for him. We could get back to running and playing "Chicago Style" ball. I don't like Avery Johnson, he's a black Skiles and I sure don't want to hear his voice every night in press conferences.
James

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#16
May 6, 2008
 
I also love Hinrich, but not as the Bulls point guard anymore. I don't know if it's physical, mental or just aging, but his offensive game sharply declined last year. He looked short, slow and seemed to have trouble getting open and elevating. There were also more turnovers, less moving the ball around and more frustration with the officials. No complaints about his defensive efforts. I also don't see any obvious available candidates to replace him.
JMike

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#17
May 6, 2008
 
I lived in San Antonio when Avery Johnson and David Robinson led the Spurs to their first title. Avery coached well on the floor and he has proven he's a great coach on the bench, too. I'm still a Spurs fan first, but I'd like the Bulls a lot more with AJ at the helm.
Wooly Bully

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#18
May 6, 2008
 
Why do I have this gnawing feeling that the Bulls will wind up hiring some unknown assistant coach to run the show?

But let's assume it is a perfect world, and they actually hire either D'Antoni or Johnson.... If they can sign a real coach and - either through the draft, free agent signings or trades - wind up with a starting-caliber: point guard, power forward, center and shooting guard, they may actually be competitive in 2008-2009.

With the current roster, Paxson could hire both D'Antoni and Johnson -- and also bring Phil Jackson back - and the team would still struggle to reach .500.
RUNNING WIT THE BULLS

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#19
May 6, 2008
 
hinrich has to go...he holds the ball too long...he never drives and dishes...he is predictable and worst...slow!!!!!! we have the components to get up and down the court in the EASTERN CONFERENCE...larry hughes is a finisher who needs to be out on the break with thomas...sefolosha...gordon and deng spotting up on the outside....we have youth so lets use it....gooden is excellent playing the role of a poor mans stoudemire...coaching style is important...lets score some damn points and then work on the defense...sefolosha and hughes are excellent long defenders who harass the hell out of the ball and gordon will light up the league with dantoni as his coach getting him wide open looks....but....hinrich is not the point guard to do it...but guess who is?.......LUKE RIDNOUR OF THE SUPERSONICS....IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT BASKETBALL A LIGHT SWITCH HAS CLICKED ON.....PAXSON...CALL HIS AGENT...WE HAVE THE TRAID BAIT!!!!!!!
Eric

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May 6, 2008
 
Who wants to bet that Paxson will screw this up? For examples...see Kobe, see Pau Gasonl, etc. I bet he waits too long to make up his mind.

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