Please, please do not fuck this up. That’s all I’m asking. Don’t screw it up. You and I both know the Bulls as currently constituted aren’t nearly as bad as they played this year. They gave up on Scott Skiles and Jim Boylan didn’t stand a chance.
But sweet Lord, this year was horrible. We cannot have that again. Or you’ll probably get fired. My advice? When you hire another coach you’d better hit a home run.
Luckily, you’re going to get a chance. A coach with NBA Finals experience got fired today. His name is Avery Johnson. You might have heard of him. I bet a defensive-minded coach with deep playoff experience could do wonders for this young Bulls team.
Then again, he’s kind of like Scott Skiles. Except better and maybe a shade less abrasive. There’s option No. 1.
Option No. 2: Mike D’Antoni. Looks like he’s on his way out of Phoenix. Maybe. Hard to say. ESPN hasn’t told me yet.
Envision: Kirk Hinrich and Tyrus Thomas (or Joakim Noah) running the pick and roll while Ben Gordon, Luol Deng and Larry Hughes wait on the perimeter to bust shots. The style itself would create huge matchup problems in the East.
Those are two pretty good options, wouldn’t you say, John?
I’ll leave you with this: This will be your last coaching hire. After last season, you will not be around to hire another coach if this one flops. Pick a sure winner. With either one of these guys the Bulls are back in the playoffs next year.