No, it wasn't a mistake to let him go.
No, I don't want him back for the Bulls.
However, Scott Skiles is an awesome basketball coach.
I'm not ripping on Vinny, in fact, I think Vinny looks like he might have the chops to be quite a good coach, and he seems to do a very good job with player development. If I ran another team and had young players, I'd highly consider bringing in Vinny if the Bulls let him go.
There are few guys who I think really do an excellent job teaching players, and you know what, Vinny looks like he might be one of those guys.
So Vinny's done well, but Skiles is something else too.
I was just looking over the NBA standing to see how close Milwaukee was to passing us, and the Bucks have won 8/10, and 5 in a row. Here's their big minute players:
Luc Mbah a moute
Outside of Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings [both non all-star caliber guys], I'm not sure if a member of their team would start on more than five teams in the NBA. I mean even as depth guys they aren't that great.
This team has is doing it entirely with "want to". I commend them for how hard they're playing and how well they're playing, but this team is seriously lacking in talent. I look at this roster and wonder, how on Earth could any coach get this squad to play over .500 with this group of guys?
Scott Skiles is good. That's all there is to it. He might wear out his welcome in a couple years, but Skiles gets his guys playing HARD.
Why the Scott Skiles love? No reason, the thought just crossed my mind, but you know what's interesting about that in a way?
John Paxson has hired two coaches basically out of nowhere. Scott Skiles and Vinny Del Negro. The two coaches couldn't be more different, but they both gave the franchise exactly what it needed at the time they were hired. I know some people will call me crazy, but if you wipe Tyrus Thomas of John Paxson's record, he really has an incredible eye for talent. An eye for salaries? Maybe not.