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Del Negro: "I'm Italian, I Like to Argue"

Bulls Head Coach brushes off argument with Ben Gordon, "So what!"

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    Del Negro: "I'm Italian, I Like to Argue"
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    There is a scene in "My Cousin Vinny" in which Vinny asks Mona Lisa Vito if she thinks the pants he's wearing are okay for the courtroom.   Her response:   "Imagine you're a deer, you're prancing along, you spot a little brook.  You put your little deer lips down to the cool clear water.  BAM!  A @#$%% bullet rips off part of your head.Your brains are lying on the ground in little bloody pieces.  Now I ask ya, Would you give a $#%^  what kind of pants the SOB who shot you was wearing?"

    Kind of the same reaction Vinny Del Negro, head coach of the Bulls would have if his team could only go on a streak of wins.  BAM!  Who cares about the dust ups in the hallway?  BAM!  Who cares about the selfish attitude.  BAM!  Who cares about the lack of defense.  If the Bulls could just go on a win streak all the negative headlines would go away.

    "Win is the cure for a lot of things" Forward Drew Gooden said, noting the same things happened in Cleveland when they couldn't make the playoffs, and a few years later were in the NBA Finals.  The Bulls seem to be as far away from the NBA Finals as many thought Marisa Tomei's chances were of winning an Oscar -- we know how that turned out.

    As for dust up with Ben Gordon in the hallway Thursday after practice at the Berto Center?  "So what" was Del Negro's reaction.  "I'm Italian, I like to argue."  Is it a sign of disrespect when a player drops an F-Bomb at the coach for a fine?  "No, because I argue with everybody" Del Negro quipped.  "That's how I grew up, it doesn't bother me.  Whatever helps to get this team going, whatever comments are made, everyone knows how to find me."  So the Ben Gordon incident was just another dinner conversation?  "Yeah, exactly, little Sunday afternoon pasta, that's about it for me."

    Del Negro: I'm Italian, I Like to Argue

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    "Whatever helps to get this team going, whatever comments are made ... everybody knows where to find me," Del Negro says.
    (Published Friday, Jan. 23, 2009)

    And with that the Bulls coach left having a few things to say to the caterer who brought lunch.