Per the Sun Times:
"It never should have happened, and I never
should have done it," Paxson said Monday. "It was a heat-of-the-moment
thing, and I was very frustrated with the way we were playing.
"What also disappointed me is that [Del Negro]
never owned up to making a mistake. That says more about him than it
does me. I was trying to protect my player [Noah, who was coming back
from injuries], I did it in the wrong way and I'm not proud of that."
But if choking and jabbing Del Negro was the
price Paxson had to pay to hire rookie coach Tom Thibodeau, then the
Bulls appear better for the "mistake."
"Tom came in with a positive plan and a belief
system from the start, and he has adhered to that." Paxson said. "He's
done the best job in the league."
Did Del Negro make a mistake playing Noah too much with the injury? Sure.
Do I think the man who got into a physical altercation with him over it should be the one to throw stones? Probably not. I don't know how anyone could interpret that situation as "saying more about Del Negro than Paxson" as Paxson put it.
I mean really, Del Negro completely stunted the Bulls in his tenure. You could probably find a billion different things to rip on him for that would make fans say 'hell yes, what a clown!', but you pick the only possible topic that could make Vinny look sympathetic.
Let's just focus on future coach of the year, Tom Thibodeau instead next time.
(PS, sorry for the lack of long rambling article/hornets game recap, spent the day in medical offices caring for family members and didn't have time this morning to write up something longer)