I caught up with Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro shortly after the second Summer League game. For those not aware, Vinny isn't coaching the Summer League team, rather he's watching from the sidelines which is a common practice for most head coaches.
Vinny was friendly and accommodating in my discussions with him, but he
definitely speaks in generalities and avoids getting into specific
details about anything even when pressed. That may have merely been
because of his unfamiliarity with me and what my angle was. I'm sure all these guys are watching out for the reporter trying to make a name for themselves.
Much like many of my interview opportunities, I choked in the clutch and forgot to ask about how the offense will change without Ben Gordon.
Doug: You had a successful campaign as a rookie head coach, but what do you think you'll improve upon in your second season?
VDN: You know you just get better at it. Hopefully, improvigint
everything. You always try to get better. Your team's going to be a
little different. You've got to make some adjustments and hope to get
better on both ends of the court.
Doug: With Del Harris leaving, how has that effected your coaching staff, what specific responsibilities do your assistants have?
VDN: I just restructured within my staff. I feel confident with my staff.
Certain coaches have certain responsibilities, but we all work together
toward one goal. So we just restructured, hired a couple new people,
and I'm very happy with everyone. Now's a good time to get a good test
in summer league.
Doug: So is your staff segmented by position of the players? Big man coach, guard coach etc?
VDN: We specialize in certain areas, but I want everyone to get involved in
a lot of things. We try to keep guys in certain area to focus on, but
I like everyone's input as well.
Doug: Derrick Rose's development is so key to the team, any word on his off-season?
VDN: All these guys are young, and they have to have productive summers. As
they get better individually, they make our team get better and that's
the key to it all, to get Better with young talent.
Doug: What are your first impressions of Johnson and Gibson?
VDN: They've played well. Not as well today as yesterday, but that's part
of the growing process and part of the learning curve you go through at
this level. As long as they keep fighting and working they'll continue
to improve and that's what it's all about.