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Vinny Del Negro says clash between Thibodeau and front office hurt team chemistry

In the wake of all the talks and reports about Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls front office not seeing eye-to-eye, former Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro gave his opinion on the matter during an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio.

Del Negro, who was fired by the Bulls in 2010, said this type of conversation is difficult and he went through something similar with the team.

“It’s never easy. A lot of emotions involved. Everyone is trying to win. You’re always trying to protect your players and always trying to do the right thing. But sometimes things don’t work out. Records speak for itself or whatever, but at the end of the day, there needs to be some type of trust in terms of guys on the same page, and eventually if that is not there it makes it too difficult to do your job to the level. Coaching is difficult enough and if you don’t have everyone pulling in the same direction and supporting each other then it makes it that much harder.”

Del Negro thinks the problems from within the Bulls camp hurt the team chemistry.

“The players see that and they feel it. I don’t care what anyone says, the environment is incredibly important, the culture and everyone pulling in the same direction. When that doesn’t happen, it splinters things.”