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05-31-2009, 11:08 AM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/chi-31-bulls-del-harris-may31,0,3776115.story


Assistant coach Del Harris retiring from Bulls
By K.C. Johnson | Tribune reporter
May 31, 2009

Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro with assistants Bernie Bickerstaff (left) and Del Harris. (Charles Cherney, Chicago Tribune / March 6, 2009)



The venerable coaching career of Del Harris will end shortly with the announcement of his retirement after 50 years, according to a league source.

Harris turns 72 next month. His departure creates a vacancy on Vinny Del Negro's coaching staff, which could be filled by holdover Pete Myers or another candidate.

League sources said former Bulls guard and current Sacramento Kings assistant Randy Brown interviewed with Del Negro here at this week's NBA predraft camp, although indications are Brown could be hired in a player development role rather than coaching.

Myers, whose contract ends after June, had been relegated to a behind-the-bench role with little input last season. Still, sources indicate Myers remains in good standing with the organization and that attempts to have Del Negro expand his role could be made.



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2008-09 Bulls results Harris, who led the Houston Rockets to the 1981 NBA Finals and was named NBA Coach of the Year in 1995 with the Lakers, had one year remaining on his Bulls contract. The Bulls are expected to honor part of that contract.

Harris' NBA career began as a Rockets assistant in 1976. He compiled a 556-457 overall record with Houston, Milwaukee and the Lakers. The Bulls' Game 7 loss to Boston marked his 202nd playoff game, 88 of which were as a head coach.

Harris' departure is expected to make Bernie Bickerstaff Del Negro's lead assistant.

kcjohnson@tribune.com

idioteque
05-31-2009, 11:14 AM
Harris is from Indiana, I think.

My clearest memories of him are coaching the Lakers when they were mediocre in the mid 90's.

count55
05-31-2009, 11:17 AM
Harris is from Indiana, I think.

My clearest memories of him are coaching the Lakers when they were mediocre in the mid 90's.

Yup...Plainfield.

He also coached the Rockets to the 1981 NBA Finals (despite a 40-42 regular season record). He had some success in Milwaukee, too.

Decent, but unexciting, coach.

idioteque
05-31-2009, 11:27 AM
Looking back at his stats, the Lakers were actually pretty good when he coached them. And some of this success was pre-Kobe.

The only real blot on his record is the 82-83 Rockets, which were an astoundingly bad 14-68. That team must have had no talent at all because as a coach overall he made the playoffs more often than not.

count55
05-31-2009, 11:34 AM
Looking back at his stats, the Lakers were actually pretty good when he coached them. And some of this success was pre-Kobe.

The only real blot on his record is the 82-83 Rockets, which were an astoundingly bad 14-68. That team must have had no talent at all because as a coach overall he made the playoffs more often than not.

Yeah, in September of 1982, the Rockets traded Moses to Philly for Caldwell Jones and a 1983 1st round pick (which was used to get Rodney McCray). They were pretty bad that year, ending up winning the coin flip with the Pacers to get Ralph Sampson.

Trophy
05-31-2009, 01:57 PM
Was last season his first season with Chicago?

grace
05-31-2009, 02:51 PM
Was last season his first season with Chicago?

Yes.

Smoothdave1
05-31-2009, 09:57 PM
Harris was from Plainfield, coached High Schools in Spencer, Indiana (20 miles west of Bloomington), South Spencer in Rockport, Indiana (30 minutes east of Evansville) as well as Earlham College in Richmond. He continued to maintain ties to Indiana and comes back often to visit. He's the only guy ever from Indiana to win a sectional as a coach and coach in the NBA finals. Random trivia, I know. Haha

Trophy
05-31-2009, 10:00 PM
Dick Harter should retire too.

MrSparko
05-31-2009, 11:22 PM
Dick Harter should retire too.

He was last year basically.