Pax apologizes for March 30 altercation

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson apologized on Tuesday for a physical altercation he had with Vinny Del Negro, who was fired as Chicago's head coach on Monday night.

Bulls general manager Gar Forman held a news conference Tuesday to discuss Del Negro's firing, and he said the altercation on March 30 after a game against the Phoenix Suns had nothing to do with Del Negro's dismissal.

After the game, Paxson confronted Del Negro about playing Joakim Noah more minutes than was allowed as he recovered from plantar fasciitis. There are conflicting reports as to whether Paxson or Del Negro was the aggressor.

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