Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The King Is Dead! Long Live the King!

The VDN Era is officially over but the GarPaxDorf ancien regime remains firmly ensconced, free to draw out another lengthy and sure-to-be disappointing search for a head coach. (When, after hearing all of the possible candidates, you find yourself hoping they tap Dwane Casey, you know this process is going to be about as exciting as watching flies fuck.)

Anyway, I'll miss VDN's tight rotations and the fact that his players didn't actively hate him so much that they quit being competitive on the court. (Tyrus Thomas possibly excepted.) Just about every other aspect of his coaching seemed to my untrained eyes to be mediocre at best, laughably horrendous at worst. (It takes a special kind of ineptitude to lead an offense that ranks 28th out of 30 NBA teams, some five points per 100 possessions below the league average, even when taking into account that management did leave VDN with Kirk Hinrich as his starting two-guard.) That his record wasn't astonishingly bad can be attributed to the fact that there seemed to be a bunch of good eggs on his Bulls teams, self-disciplined players who didn't need a head coach to tell them to work hard night in and night out. That could bode well for the future, but of course the long-held theory here is that GarPaxDorf will somehow manage to screw it up. Here's hoping I'm wrong.


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