Monday, December 24, 2007

Scott Skiles Fired By Chicago Bulls...Merry Christmas!

Bulls head coach Scott Skiles was fired today by the Bulls John Paxson. Merry Christmas! Paxson is now officially the Grinch, or is he? There has to be a nice buyout in Skiles' contract and could take off for somewhere a lot warmer and sunnier. Already talk on ESPN Radio is maybe Larry Brown will get the call to clean up the Bulls. How about Skiles to the Knicks to take over the head coaching duties? Gotta believe that he can do better for the Knicks than Isiah Thomas has. Here is the story posted on the Bulls Website earlier Monday.

Chicago Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson today announced that Scott Skiles has been relieved of his duties as the team’s head coach.

In a statement released this morning, Paxson said:

“This was a difficult decision to make, but one that was necessary at this time. Scott helped us in many ways during his time with the Bulls; most importantly, he helped this franchise get back to respectability. I am appreciative of his hard work and the imprint that he left on our team.”

At this time, no decision has been made on Skiles’ replacement. On Nov. 28, 2003, Skiles became the fifteenth head coach in franchise history when he succeeded Bill Cartwright.

Over the span of five seasons with the Bulls, he compiled a record of 165-172 (.490), and guided the team to the playoffs three consecutive years, highlighted by a first-round series sweep of the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat in the 2007 NBA Playoffs.

In eight-plus seasons as a head coach in the NBA, Skiles owns a career coaching record of 281-251 (.528).

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