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Is Chicago Bulls Coach Vinny Del Negro Losing The Team?

Posted by sportsmaven on January 8, 2009

Chicago Bulls GM John Paxson knew he was taking a huge risk by hiring rookie coach Vinny Del Negro as his next coach of the Bulls.  We all know how well rookie coaches have fared in Chicago since Phil Jackson left town after the 1997-98 season.

Chicago Bulls Head Coach Vinny Del Negro, left, talks with Joakim Noah in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. Chicago won the game 99-94. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Chicago Bulls Head Coach Vinny Del Negro, left, talks with Joakim Noah in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. Chicago won the game 99-94. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Names like Tim Floyd, Bill Cartwright, Jim Boylan (interim after the Scott Skiles firing) and now Del Negro have all walked the hallowed halls of the Berto Center with the unofficial title of “rookie head coach.”  All have failed miserably, some setting the team back years in what feels like year 10 or 11 of  the rebuilding project.

Now there’s rumblings behind the scenes that current Bulls rookie coach Vinny Del Negro may be losing the team:

Are these signs that Vinny Del Negro is losing his team?  I would have to say that these are definitely not signs that Del Negro has a firm grasp on the team, the way Scott Skiles had a grasp on the team when he was named Bulls coach.

The Bulls are definitely in a rebuilding mode around Del Negro and rookie point guard Derrick Rose.  A .500 record is not out of the question for this Bulls team, but losing to the likes of the Minnesota Timberwolves doesn’t help the cause.  More to come on this issue as the season progresses…

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Welcome To Chicago, Mr. Floyd

Posted by sportsmaven on January 25, 2007

Another Floyd has blown into the Windy City today with the Chicago Cubs signing OF Cliff Floyd to a one-year contract with a mutual option for a second year. The contract may be worth up to $17.5M for the two years. Here’s hoping that Cliff has a better Chicago tenure than Tim, the last prominent Floyd that hit the Chicago sports landscape. Cliff, you better come out banging and healthy, because if not, you will wish you were with Tim at USC.

I’m not exactly sure what to think of this acquisition. When healthy, Cliff Floyd can be outstanding, but he has found his way onto the DL in something like 7 out of the last 8 years. Floyd’s value seems to be his left handed bat, something the Cubs have coveted for a long time. He will take playing time away from a developing Matt Murton, which is what I really don’t like about this signing.

Unless the Cubs trade Jacque Jones, there is a logjam of OF on the current Cubs roster, which is not entirely a bad thing, but something that must be resolved in spring training.

Mr. Floyd, welcome to the Friendly Confines, welcome home.

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