Ken Berger: Pete Myers possible interim over Paxson/Bickterstaff

Per Ken Berger [who's suddenly pumping out a lot of Bulls info]:

 According to sources, there is strong reluctance in the organization to move assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff into the interim job for the rest of the season. Bickerstaff is heavily involved in the in-game strategy -- which stinks, by the way -- and moreover, he's detached from the players. If you think the players have stopped competing for Del Negro, one person with knowledge of the Bulls' situation said, just wait until they got a hold of Bickerstaff.

Paxson? "Too thin-skinned," another person with knowledge of the situation said. This notion was supported by another person who said Paxson also is too high-strung to take over on the bench, given that he repeatedly storms out of the owner's suite during games because he can't bear to watch. Paxson with a front-row view of this mess, with the closest exit on the loading dock, wouldn't be a pretty sight. Putting Paxson within earshot of fans in the United Center -- who could remind him that he traded the rights to LaMarcus Aldridge for Thomas and gave $60 million to broken-down Ben Wallace -- wouldn't be great for business, either.

Two sources with knowledge of the team's strategy said a strong candidate to replace Del Negro is assistant coach Pete Myers, a Paxson favorite who is viewed in the organization as a lifelong Bull. "He's always been a house pet," one of the people said. To this point, his claim to fame was becoming the Bulls' shooting guard when Michael Jordan retired the first time in 1993. Replacing Del Negro should be a little easier.

I'm not sure what to make of that news.  Pete Myers has long had the reputation among fans as kind of an organizational guy rather than a future head coach candidate.   I'm not sure that's a fair representation or not as I have no idea how fans can really judge assistants without knowing what their day to day responsibilities are to know whether they are successful or not in executing them.

The one thing you could say is that Myers was initially moved back to the front office rather than on the bench for awhile before becoming an assistant again which would lead me to believe he wasn't really head coaching material even on an interim basis.

The news that Bickerstaff isn't liked by the players comes as a surprise given his reputation as being a player oriented coach.  Especially as an assistant, I'd think he'd have developed a lot of positive relationships.

Paxson not going to coach the team is of no surprise to me, and quite frankly, I don't think that'd be a good move for anyone either. 

We'll wait to see what happens.   Perhaps the one thing I've gotten out of the past few days is that I need to start following Ken Berger more as he's had a several interesting Bulls nuggets in the past week.


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  • Randy Brown, Pete Myers, Pax, VDN....second team guard fetish on parade......we are doomed

  • We really need to get with the Rockets to get Tracy McGrady. The guy had 10 pts and a couple of assists in 8 minutes. It might be the closest thing to a superstar next to rose as we can get for one season. This will save us dollars next summer too.

  • Ugh. You are correct that it is impossible to truly gauge an assistant from a fan's perspective, but I've never seen anything to convince me that Myers is anything but a rah-rah guy. Maybe we need a rah-rah guy, but this wouldn't be a move that inspires confidence, seeming more like the Bulls choosing another coach in over his head.

    While obviously I agree at moving Vinny out at this point, I keep repeating, it won't solve our problems.

    I'm assuming there's no chance the Bulls hire a permanent coach until the off-season?

  • I still like Paxson to take over for VDN, if it comes to that. According to KC Johnson Byron Scott is a bad option and Avery Johnson doesn't seem interested. You know another outside guy I like is Maurice Cheeks. He's a former coach, a former player, a former champions, a former all-star PG and he has Chicago roots.

    Maurice Cheeks might be worth giving a look to. I think he is an assistant coach somewhere in the league, right now.

  • Maurice Cheeks is the assistant of the OKC Thunder. I doubt he's gonna leave. From what I heard is that he is the reason for Thabo and Westbrooks major improvements but he is sorta intriguing....

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    He did well in Portland up until that team turned into a bunch of malcontents. When he went to Philly A.I. was starting to tear that team apart.

    If I were Paxson, I would at least give him a call about the job. That's assuming VDN is getting fired.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Plus, from what I heard Paxson likes defensive-minded guys. Well, wasn't Mo Cheeks a really good defender as a player?

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    nah both players were always good..everyone knew westbrook would just need to adjust to his new position..and thabo isnt ask to score 20 or anything other then play his man hard..i.e dwyane wade

  • I like the comment about Pete being a like a house pet. That seems right.

    I agree with Doug that Bulls dont seem to view Myers as a long term head coach, Even as an interim coach he is winless. Pete may be easy to be around, but has he accomplished anything as an assistant? Has he helped any player develop? (I dont know the answers - just asking)

    The news about Bernie is a major surprise.

  • In reply to bulls6:

    He's been the driving force around the defense and considering the players I would take a chance with him rather than Bickerstaff who helped Vinny with the offense

  • In reply to bulls6:

    Wouldn't Maurice Cheeks make sense, if they are looking for a defensive-minded coach, who can help Derrick Rose develop?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Plus, he likes to run an up-tempo system, as was evident in Philly. This statement was in an article about Elton Brand not fitting into that system, which eventually cost Mo Cheeks his job.

    "The Sixers, though, have struggled to integrate Brand offensively with the holdovers from last season who thrived in a frenetic, up-tempo system Cheeks employed to mitigate Philadelphia's lack of outside shooting."

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Going up-tempo to mitigate the lack of outside shooting...mmm. Doesn't that sound familar?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    yeah he isnt bad but he shouldnt def be ahead of byron,avery or maybe a coach who might get fired or leave later george karl? my dream coach for derrick..

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Hey Doug, an idea for a column that I'd really enjoy reading from you. If you woke up on Christmas morning and you got the best basketball oriented present imaginable: Jerry Reinsdorf sold the team to someone competent; what series of moves would you see as ideal to their future? I'm talking front office firing/hirings, coaching changes, specific player signings/trades as well as general philosophies as far as signing/drafting, and gameplay strategies.

    Oh, and what do you think of Avery Johnson? Do you think bringing him in this off season would be good for Rose?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Wow I just read this article that said Mike D'Antoni said he regrets passing on the Bulls last year -_-

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Post the link.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    paxson should only worry about taking tyrus over LMA if he just lets tyrus go for nothing. LMAs superiority over tyrus is supposedly offensive, yet LMAs efficiency has never topped .53 TS%, even though LMA is playing with some top flight offensive talent. also LMA is an underwhelming rebounder who stinks at defense. im not sad about passing on LMA, i just wish tyrus was allowed to play 32-36 mins a night one of his 4 years.

  • In reply to Gavolt:

    How is the fact they traded LMA four years ago remotely relevant to what we do with Tyrus now?

  • In reply to muhammond:

    because if you trade LMA and get nothing in return that sucks, although completely in character with this org.

  • I was very high on Cheeks several years ago, loved his grit, his defense, etc. I am less enthusiastic about him now, which is not to say I wouldn't give him a chance, only to acknowledge that he didn't do much to inspire me these last two stops.

  • On contrary.

    He didn't pretty good in Portland and Philly. He made the playoffs in both cities. Unfortunately, both those teams had malcontents on their rosters. That isn't the case in Chicago.

    Mo Cheeks would be a great influence on Derrick Rose, as a player and as a person. If VDN goes, that's who I'm looking for them to hire.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I would be fine with Cheeks getting hired, or at least open to the idea, but let's not forget that Vinny made the playoffs with this team. Making the playoffs isn't exactly enough.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I've always thought Myers as a laughable figure behind the bench. In fact, last year, they didn't even let him sit on the bench, but behind it. During huddles you'll usually find him staring at the luvabulls or laughing at some of the arena entertainment.

    The Bulls don't need a guy that is learning on the job anymore. These young players deserve better.

    Johnny Bach did say to me that Myers was a good basketball guy and knew what he was doing, which was a big vote of confidence.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I can't type.

    Mo Cheeks did really well his first two years in Portland. They made the playoffs and had a pretty tough defense and an up-tempo offense. His third year they were riddled with injuries and bad behavior.

    When he went to Philly they had a really young team and A.I. was developing his bad attitude. He did manage to get them into playoffs in his last full season with them.

    He's been knocked for his X's and O's, which is debatable, but praised by the media and his players for his ablilty to motivate his teams to go all out for him despite injuries or youth.

    Last I checked, MOTIVATION was a big problem for this Bulls' team. I think he would be an excellant choice to replace VDN, if it comes to that.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    no its our lineup and lack of pace..we shouldnt be this bad..these players arent horrible..they just dont fit well together and our coach doesnt establish a identitiy as far as game fast=win next game slow=blowout..we dont mesh with vinnys idea of a spurs team and have a lineup that doesnt fit along with players who just cant work together..rose,deng and salmons

  • Coulda...Woulda...Shoulda...let's move on from the D'Antoni wishes.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I agree with you on this one. The Knicks aren't any better off than the Bulls. Sure, he is a better coach than VDN, so in that sense, we'd be better off with a better coach, but I'm not sure we'd be in that much of a different position.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    We'll i kinda can't post links from my phone but ill try and find the site again and get back to ya. but there's a headline posted in the rumors section on espn but i don't know if that's the original source of the article i was reading. ill post link if i find article again

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    He has been writing about the Bulls a lot, and I'm not all that familiar with Berger. Anyone know how reliable he's been in his reporting in the past?

    To me he seems to kind of have this sensationalist way of phrasing things, but maybe I've just gotten so used to the Chicago beat reporters that I'm not used to writers throwing all the dirty laundry out there.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    If Doug Collins, Avery Johnson and Byron Scott aren't an option, than who does that leave? I'd much rather have Mo Cheeks over JVG or the Zar.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    johnson and scott are very accomplished for their times..their only problems...when devin harris blossmed and his team allow wade to take over...he was the scapegoat..scott is our guy..we should chase him.. his acheievments,knowledge and system brings everything out of point guards...derrick rose and byron scott would mean soon playoff contenders..just look at rose's potiential with byrons track record with point guards and team success..he's our guy..

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Dough, here is the link for D'Antoni regreting passing on Chicago..

  • In reply to adkhanz:

    if it wasnt for that winning streak they have now then my prediction of him being a bulls candidate would be valid...he left all you could ask for in phx..they were getting 60 wins with regulartiy..a mvp point guard,dominant big man,a 6 man of the year,warm weather,most watched team. success was with what he built there..but he left for money and a wish of they wont get lebron or even atleast stoudemire..bosh and wade wont go..joe johnson is the only likely scenerio..they wont get john wall because they dont even have their picks..they have toney douglass and chris duhon..the 2010 free agent point guards are none. and players see that new yorks best player isnt even a all star(al no sharrington) their franchise is eats him alive..chicago media isnt harsh at all and we are WAY more known for winning and fan support..hell we're the most supportive fan base in the nba..but we only bash vinny only because he never had any proof of being good for a when we lose it looks like he's to blame..vinnys system brings out the flaws in our players..we need to run...the running with the bulls slogan doesnt even sound right anymore because we never do..i say get d'antoni as our coach and have pippen as his assistant or front office exec. lol seriously..paxson,gar and vinny are our problems..

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    adkhaz, thanks for the link.

    This clip about sums it up "One NBA scout courtside insisted that,

  • In reply to CN71:

    that was exactly what made my eyes open up..or when doug posted mcgraw questioning vinny about going to rose..he said "I think what happens is if..","I think it frees Derrick up " or "it gets everybody more involved and that's what we need to do." thats it thats our problem..vinny doesnt know how to coach..he questions his own decision and bashes the media and say you guys dont know..he doesnt go with the hot hand until they stop have to know what frees up our best player so he can get the dont let deng or salmons run plays for themselves..he cant coach and our front office cant assemble a right staff or team and build around our star player..derrick rose...

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    and watch someone say..derrick isnt a why was he the top player coming our of high school..and why was he the top player coming out of college..why was he the best rooki last year and hey..why is he on commercials and overseas with the dwight and the whole adidas team..pooh is in a bad setup with no pick and pop or roll player no good off ball three point shooters and bad coaching..derricks got next and you guys just want his jersey to say wade or lebron when these guys have to become stars their not born one..

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    and one more thing..doug you really think hinrich and noah wont get bynum and vujacic an we have to take on luke walton too..sorry bout forgetting him at first..but hinrich gives them a better younger derek fisher and noah does eveything bynum does on d..phil raves about noah more than any other player here..since gasols return bynum is now a ghost because his spot in the offense is replaced..hinrich can allow bryant to roam even more because fisher cant defend since 3 years ago..bryant isnt going to be their for the future so if he heard this rumor im pretty sure he makes the deal work..noah and hinrich in a new scene would make them hungry..l.a wouldnt look so complacent sometimes..they are now only 7 deep because of production and l.a would be unfair to play against for the next 4-5 years..but for us? lol BYNUMS GOT NEXT..he's going to be dominant..i mean he blocks 2 a game under 30 mins..and his offense is amazing for a 7 foot 22 year old..we could include a first for them and move deng to another team for picks and a long sg with deep range..i.e martell webstar..we need a future dominant and rose and bynum in chicago with a big time coach sounds like a better plan than 2010..

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    somewhat OT, has Vinny had a single tech yet this year? He doesn't get anywhere near angry enough for my liking. I thought at the clear path foul call last night, it would of been a good opportunity. The game was lost after that point, and would of at least shown the team that he is fighting for them.

  • In reply to Jdog1021:

    He had one

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    How about Wayne Ellington?

    To Bulls: Wayne Ellington and Brian Cardinal
    To T-Wolves: James Johnson and Jerome James

    Ellington is stuck behind Gomes and Brewer and he is putting up the same stats as Johnson.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    i wouldnt do it...he's a undersized two guard who shoots worse tha derrick rose this year..i get ya point..but our main moves should be with our starters..not bench players

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    Bulls Director of College Scouting Matt Lloyd on Wayne Ellington:

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    nope he's 6'4 the reason he wasnt picked higher..he could shoot but not like a marksman as your predicting..he's shooting worse from three than derrick did in year one and year two..

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Minnesota also has Pavolic and Wilkins, which isn't helping Ellington's playing time. They really could use a SF, not a SG.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    okay now thats a damn shame..why would we want a player who cant play over those guys..solidness is not cutting it for this team...martell webstar is my better go get or a shooter..he's 6'7..elli-6'4..web-38% elli-20%..ellington would be selfalosha without d..he cant dribble or do anything but shoot..and he's not that great at it..

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    Ellington is not fitting in in Minnesota and Johnson isn't fitting in in Chicago. Maybe a change of scenery would do those guys and teams some good?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Don't forget, Ellington was the MOP of the Final Four last season. The Bulls' management tends to like Final Four guys.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    thats true but we cant hope he can makes a difference..our guard rotation is only because salmons would complain but is a true sixth(next larry hughes)and deng gets paid too much...its our lineup..miller plays like a d.league player now..hes too old..and theres no uptempo..

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    if im making any trades right now that are realistic..courtney lee,carl landry,martell webstar,steve blake and nate robinson(for tyrus only) are the only possible moves..nate is a better scorer than kirk..kirk doesnt fit the role of a sixth man and needs the ball..we have NOOOO bench and kirk leads the way in that area..

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    Carl Landry? why would the Rockets deal him? he is a pit bull for them. He is a big force for them.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    why is it that since i said him and bayless 3 days ago..they both end up blowing up the same week and have career games..smh i dont it again...just like courtney lee and rudy gay a while ago...

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Also, I think the Bulls' starting lineup would be better, if the Bulls put Hinrich at SG, like they did to start the 2nd Half of yesterday's game vs. the Knicks, and moved Salmons and Miller back to the bench. Ellington, if they traded Johnson for him, could back-up Hinrich, while Salmons could back-up Deng and Miller could back up Gibson, Noah, or Thomas.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    3 words

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    He sucked in Sacramento.

  • In reply to charitystripe:

    he didnt suck in Sac town. He did a good job his first season with very little talent and that in his second year he was fired when his team was so injury depleted.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    It makes sense but no one will touch the worst pick in the first round.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    james johnson is now a big part of our failure now?..are you serious?
    he doesnt even play. we play half court with full court guys. we take terrible shots because we have uptempo players who cant shoot playing slow so defenses just cramp down on the drives and most importantly we cant draw fouls we were great last season at freethrow percentage...the problem..we dont make it to there...our personal doesnt mesh...its not james johnson..its not vinny,loul or kirks fault..its our front office for putting these guys here..making james a near lotto pick..making vinny our head coach..overpaying hinrich and deng and hoping they become stars or big time players when they are 3 or 4 options on good teams

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Doug Collins is done coaching. He has a comfy job at TNT and doesnt want to risk his friendship with Jerry not to mention he did a horrid job in Washington which was his last gig. Bulls wont go out and hire a coach but put their yes man Pete Meyers to coach. Pete Myers a life long bull? seriously?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    now Young

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Have you been watching the games? James Johnson is giving the Bulls NOTHING. They don't need an unproductive SF. They need a younger SG to go along with Kirk Hinrich, so they can move John Salmons to the bench, where he can back-up Luol Deng.

    Doesn't that make sense?

  • If you watch the rapport between Bernie and Bob Oceipka they almost appear to be arguing during every time out. And I've never seen two assistants just continually look in stunned, disdainful silence at the head coach during time out after timeout.

    I wonder how Oceipka would accept/do with Bernie as the head coach the rest of the season. Really, there's no good move left to be made. Jerry stepped all over Paxson's hire attempts(Collins and D'Antoni). I would have taken D'Antoni and his cronies/family provided they made him agree to keeping/being open to a solid defensive assistant. Instead they hire a guy with no experience to coach Rose, Noah, Tyrus, and now Taj and J.J. That was a huge mistake, and there's really nothing to be done now. The Bulls/Reinsdorf would never spend the money to be paying Vinny(and Skiles), and bring in an additional let alone substantial salary of hiring a name coach such as Jeff van Gundy. Unless Grandpa Bernie has some "secret plan" offensively that he hasn't shared with Vinny or Vinny wouldn't use, not much will change.

  • In reply to SamS:

    Which begs the question, why not Oceipka for interim? He's as qualified as Myers.


    #1.) Fire VDN and Hire Mo Cheeks
    #2.) Trade James Johnson for a young SG (TWILL or Sam Young?)
    #3.) Trade Tyrus Thomas for a veteran PF (Camby, Boozer or Bosh?)

    That's gets them in the playoffs. No doubt about it.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    In terms of Johnson, look at the PER 36 and ADVANCED STATS comparisons.

    Johnson vs. Young

    Johnson vs. Williams

    I think Memphis and New Jersey could use a SF, like Johnson, more than the SG's they have.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    you said it jersey..they didnt expect cdr to be really good so fast..and they invested in williams and traded for lee using on of their best players...courtney lee is derrick roses partner..a athletic raja bell like player..i would trade james a 2nd and james for lee and a contract...

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    you and twill will never end..he cant hit a shot he cant get any time on a team that cant win..even with injuries he cant need to stay away from youtube..thats all twill would ever be great at..him and rose over rose and salmons would mean more long 2s..james is not that big of a havent blamed lindsey or jannero or jerome and gray but yet you single out james who atleast gives fan support and looks excited about plays instead of every guy i named just sitting down lookin blank except lindsey hunter who just smiles regardless of the score..

  • I thought that both Bickerstaff and Harris did about as much coaching as a manican last season. This year I am not even sure that Bickerstaff is an actual breathing human being. Might as well hire Bozo the clown.

  • Lets play a pick up game, you get the top 5 TS% players, I'll take my choice of whoever is left. Bet my team wins by 50.

    Pretty sure that I get Kobe, Lebron, Wade, maybe Melo, Chris Paul. I don't follow these stats, so I take your word on who you get. I am sure that Ben Gordon starts for you somehow.

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