It's the perfect opportunity to fire him. The Bulls have three days off before their next game on Saturday for Bernie to get in some practices and make his imprint on the team. So if you're waking up this morning wondering "How does Vinny Del Negro still have a job at this point?" then you aren't alone. I have two possible answers for you depending how cynical you are.
Answer #1: [for the ever optimistic fan]
They want to give Vinny Del Negro a chance with Tyrus back in the lineup. He returns Saturday, so they're going to give him a few games there. This somewhat goes back to the thoughts Berger posted on his blog about Vinny having until mid-January to try to write the ship.
There is some logic to that rationale. It's like he's playing poker, but he hasn't gotten a good hand yet, and the only way h wins a hand is to bluff successfully. You know the odds of this working over the long haul are zero. You need to get better hands. You can't bluff forever.
Tyrus will improve the roster quite a bit, because he'll allow us to go to an eight man rotation. It will save wear on the players and give us more energy at the end of games. Still, it's probably not reasonable to expect a quantum leap in improvement here. Tyrus isn't a great offensive player which is where we are really hurting.
Answer #2: [for you cynical fans out there]
Management wants to keep Vinny in there because as long as he's there failing, there is someone to blame outside of management.
You hear constantly how the Bulls can't play for just half that they need to play for 48 minutes. The problem is that they aren't that good.
The half they are playing bad is the half that's more representative of their game right now. This is a team with no shooting that is built entirely around the long two pointer, the least efficient shot in basketball.
When your offensive personnel all focus on taking the least efficient shot in basketball, then the outlier is when the offense is good. Not when it's bad. Now you can blame coaching for that, saying "Why did they build the offense that way", but once Salmons and Hinrich became inept three point shooters, there was no choice.
You can't attack the basket when there are four defenders inside the paint no matter how many times Stacy and Neil tell you the Bulls are settling for jumpers.
Talentwise, this team is better than their record. They may be getting less out of the sum of their parts than any team in the league. It's natural to blame the coach for that. Afterall, a coach's job is to get the most out of the sum of the parts.
However, the problem is the parts don't fit well. It's like trying to hit 21 in black jack in a deck with only face cards. Sure, face cards are good, but you still need the ace. The parts simply can't fit together to get the sum they need. This is a problem with roster construction.
Would a different coach better fit these pieces together? It's certainly possible. It can't go a whole lot worse. However, as long as this coach is in charge there is an excuse other than management to pin the season on.