Chicago Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro watches as his team plays the Charlotte Bobcats in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 14, 2010, in Charlotte, N.C. Chicago won 98-89. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond) By Nell Redmond
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls fired coach Vinny Del Negro on Monday in a long-anticipated move that comes after a late-season altercation with executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson and another first-round playoff exit.
General manager Gar Forman is scheduled to discuss the firing at a news conference on Tuesday morning. He did not return messages seeking comment, nor did Paxson or Del Negro.
The Bulls went 41-41 and made the postseason in each of their two seasons under Del Negro, losing to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games after pushing Boston in a thrilling seven-game series last year. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)