Losing Bulls Sack Coach

With 9-16 record, team fires Scott Skiles
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 24, 2007 2:27 PM CST
Chicago Bulls head coach Scott Skiles, left, talks to Kirk Hinrich during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Chicago, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007. Skiles was fired...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The 9-16 Chicago Bulls turned their disappointing start on Scott Skiles today, firing the 5-year coach after crushing defeats in the past two games, the Chicago Tribune reports. “This was a difficult decision to make, but one that is necessary at this time,” said GM John Paxson, who expressed his appreciation for Skiles’ “hard work.” The Bulls have not announced a replacement.

 After last year's first-round playoff success, the team's performance this season is seen as a major disappointment. Losing numbers have stemmed from shooting and defensive problems. Nevertheless, Skiles had brought the Bulls to the playoffs three times after six unsuccessful seasons. “He helped this franchise get back to respectability,” Paxson said.