Tonight the Chicago Bulls were eliminated by the Boston Celtics. I'm not upset about the score or the home court officiating the Celtics had gotten all series. What I am seething about is Vinny Del Negro.
If you're a casual observer and don't get the intricacies of the game, tonight you just witnessed a coach costing his team a Game Seven win.
First of all, his refusal to abandon that small lineup in the fourth quarter. The players did their best to keep the Celtic lead within striking distance. However, the Celtics matched them basket for basket by abusing that small lineup.
They used a simple pick and roll and Vinny did nothing. Then when they tried to double the player that was rolling to the basket he would just pass it to Eddie House who killed the Bulls in the fourth quarter, and Vinny did nothing.
Ben Gordan is either one of the dumbest or most selfish professional basketball players that I have ever seen in my life. And bad shot after bad shot, Vinny did nothing. Most coaches would rather lose with team players than win with a selfish player. Yet Vinny kept him in the game.
Tyrus Thomas is the Bulls' best low post defender. He is their best shot blocker, and he saw only 16 minutes in the game. All the while, my grandmother could have driven the lane on the Bulls tonight and she is decreased. And guess what...Vinny did nothing.
And now that the 2008-09 NBA season is over for us Bulls fans. I can't help but reflect and think about what could've been.
Yet, I worry about tomorrow. Here we are with good, young talent and the NBA Rookie of the Year in Derrick Rose, and we're stuck with a coach that's a product of the Good Ole' Boy network.
WE DESERVE BETTER!