It hasn’t even been a week since the Bulls officially fired Vinny Del Negro…
…but it feels a lot longer than that, doesn’t it?
Maybe it’s because Del Negro’s head was on the chopping block for so many months, but it seems like there should have been…something. Some sort of news. Some sort of definitive idea about what kind of coach the team is looking for if not an actual name.
But as K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune pointed out, Bulls GM Gar Forman made it clear at last Tuesday’s execution, er, press conference that he plans to take his own sweet time in finding a new coach:
“In my mind, there’s not a huge rush. … In my mind, the first week or two or several weeks, I want to gather as much information as possible. I don’t want to be put in a box on what the time frame is. Could we find the right guy in a week? I guess we could. But there’s no rush. It could drag into June, into July. There’s not going to be a timetable.
“When we make decisions, we try to be very process-oriented. We gather as much information as we can. Thus, when John, Jerry (Reinsdorf) and I sit down, 99 percent of the time we’re on the same page.
“Any good executive will tell you that one guy is not always going to make every decision. You want input from others. I think you see that with any Fortune 500 company. But I will make (coaching) recommendations to Jerry, and as the owner Jerry has the right to veto any decision.”
Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? The only problem is that, by all accounts, the front office seems to have known Del Negro was kaput for quite a while. I guess these comments could be a smoke screen, and that Forman might just have the world’s greatest poker face. But the apparent lack of any forward momentum makes it feel like the Bulls didn’t have a solid plan for going forward post-Vinny.
That doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.