Chicago Bulls: Avery Johnson

Ex-Mavs coach Johnson not in mix for Bulls

May, 20, 2010
5/20/10
2:17
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By ESPNChicago.com
ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls apparently will once again look past former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson in their search for a coach.

Johnson, who has spent the past two seasons as an analyst for ESPN, talked with executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson about the Bulls job in 2008 that eventually went to Vinny Del Negro. Now with Del Negro fired and the Bulls in search of a coach again, Johnson hasn't gotten any attention to this point from the Bulls.

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Johnson: Bulls tough sell until house in order

April, 16, 2010
4/16/10
11:29
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By ESPNChicago.com
ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Bulls have to "clean up" the problems within the organization before they can expect to attract a high-profile free agent and potentially a new head coach, said former Dallas Mavericks coach and current ESPN analyst Avery Johnson.

Conflicting reports came out this week about a physical altercation between executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson and head coach Vinny Del Negro after a March 30 game. One report said Paxson initiated the contact and another claims Del Negro was the aggressor in an argument over playing time for Joakim Noah, who was recovering from plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Whatever the reality, Johnson said the public perception of the organization is working against it in recruiting.

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