"To say the least," a close associate of Del Negro said, "the staff was
disappointed by Gar's failure to step up in an embattled moment."
He goes on to shred Forman for the way the Bulls have handled the coaching search:
Forman has sworn to people that he hasn't made one call about a
replacement, and multiple sources insist that simply isn't true. Just
Tuesday, Forman was on the phone asking about exiled NBA coach Eric
Musselman. He's telling people he needs a long-term solution for the
Bulls. He had already called the Nets two weeks ago on Lawrence Frank.
Another report linked the Bulls to Doug Collins.
The Bulls have every right to fire the coach, but do it already.
This saga has become an embarrassment, an amateur hour and for all the
discussion of Del Negro's fitness for the job, there's been too little
about Forman's. As a scandalized college assistant and, eventually, a
behind-the-scenes pro personnel man, he's been ill-prepared for the
public nature and scrutiny of the job with which the Bulls promoted him
a year ago. He's never managed something so big, never engaged in the
dynamics of a public platform so immense.
Reading the whole article, don't expect Gar Forman to be one of Adrian's sources of information anytime in the future.
As for the whole thing, it's interesting how big a story this has become. I just figured Vinny Del Negro's job security was definitely an issue based on the performance of the team. The lack of a firm statement is more evidence that VDN is in trouble and likely on his way out.
Adrian's take on VDN is interesting, I don't think I'd let him off that easily to say that the season's largely gone wrong due to injuries and a loss of Ben Gordon, but that he coached them to 7th in the East as if this is good. The Bulls are on pace to win 33 games. If they are seven then it's because everyone else is bad, not because they're any good.
I think the safer move for Gar would have been to come out and just give the "Vinny is our coach" speech, get shredded in the press for standing by a terrible coach, and then go find the replacement behind the scenes. I think the message sent in this article is somewhat contradictory in that they want him to be honest and to stand by his coach at the same time.
In the end, the problem appears to be the same. They don't want Vinny, but they haven't found someone else yet. They don't want to fire him on the spot, they don't have a replacement, they don't want to give him false support, but they don't want to completely undermine him. That's how they've ended up where they are.