Will They Just Fire Vinny Del Negro Already?
I’m too angry to get into it too much, but the Bulls are the worst team ever. I don’t mean that literally, but in terms of watchability they score a 0 on a scale of 1-10. The lackluster effort is frustrating, but what’s more frustrating is Vinny Del Negro’s complete lack of competency. While there is more than enough blame to go around, I don’t see how the situation could get worse without Vinny. The way the offense runs (or doesn’t run) leads me to believe things would probably get significantly better without him. This quote from John Hollinger after last night’s massacre by the Hawks sums it up nicely:
The biggest problem wasn’t any of those mistakes, however, but the simple fact that these Bulls don’t appear to trust one another or the system. “What system?” Bulls observers might ask, as Chicago’s strategy once again seemed incoherent. In particular, Rose and his teammates seem to be reading from different pages of the manual on offense. More than once tonight, it appeared as though a teammate weighed the option of giving the ball to Rose, decided there was no chance he’d get it back and let fly with a quick shot.
The one saving grace Vinny had in the early-going this season was that the Bulls seemed to be coming together on the defensive end. Apparently they forgot to bring that defensive communication and intensity out west on the circus trip, and it sure as hell wasn’t here waiting when they got back.
So where does the front office go from here? Will they give Vinny more time to drag this team down even further? Hollinger seems to think that the time is ripe for a firing and that it could happen within the next few days. God I hope he’s right. I’ll leave you with a quote from an unnamed Chicago Bull player: “If we were losing close games you could blame the injuries, but this?” I think I’m going to be sick.
Sidenote: As South Side Sheik pointed out to me last night, my little “Kirk Hinrich will save our team” theory was a bit off base. His 0-9 with 3 turnovers in 20 minutes was pretty ugly. And its not like he was exactly shutting down the Atlanta guards either. Dammnit.