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    CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls coach Scott Skiles ended negotiations for a contract extension, a month after leading the team to its first playoff appearance in seven years.

    "There will be no [extension]," said Skiles' agent, Keith Glass. "It's done. It's enough. There was never a deadline. Scott never gave them one. [Monday morning] I brought it to an end. We've had more than enough time to do a deal."

    The Bulls have an option to pay Skiles $2.75 million if he coaches next season, which would be the final season of his three-year deal. The team has until June 30 to exercise that option.

    But Skiles said Monday he was unsure if he would be willing to coach next season if the Bulls exercise the option.

    "Anything's possible at this point," Skiles said. "I'm just in the process of going through a lot of thoughts in my head about what's best for me right now."

    General manager John Paxson declined to comment Monday. A message left for the Bulls on Tuesday was not immediately returned.

    In their second season under Skiles, the Bulls improved from 19-47 to 47-35 before losing to Washington in the first round of the playoffs. Exercising the option would make Skiles a potential lame duck.

    Skiles came to Chicago with a checkered reputation after spending portions of three seasons as the Phoenix Suns coach. He has said he thinks the Bulls' success this past season repaired his image.

    "I've been fairly shocked by the whole process," Skiles said. "I guess at 41 I haven't coached that long that I had a certain naivete about where this team has been and where we'd gotten it to that this wouldn't be a prolonged, difficult process. Keith and I are reasonable people who thought this would be pretty simple to do. We thought wrong."



    I just can't comprehend what's going on up there. They're in shambles, then comes this ray of hope, only to shut the door on it.

    Do they want to stay at the bottom? I guess karma is just a b****.

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    he'll be coaching next year, wether he wants to or not. The Bulls have that 1-year option.

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    Well if he doesn't stay, good for us. He was a great coach this year.
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    Well he has one more year on his contract. So he's not done

    Plus, this seems to be to be just part of the negotiations. So he's not done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kstat
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    he'll be coaching next year, wether he wants to or not. The Bulls have that 1-year option.
    "But Skiles said Monday he was unsure if he would be willing to coach next season if the Bulls exercise the option."

    Seems to me that he has a way out if he wants one.

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    Skiles was great in Chicago. All my Bull fan friends will not be happy.

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    Wow.

    First, the Bulls will definitely exercise the option. Then Skiles can resign but if a team wants him for the coming season at the least they'll have to give up a draft pick.

    If he's available I want him coaching the Knicks. My preference list of names tossed around has been:

    1. Larry Brown (impossible anyway)
    2. Phil Jackson (not gonna happen)
    3. Herb Williams - He showed something last year, hard to say if it's enough

    If Skiles is available he moves to 2nd ahead of Phil - and Larry's still impossible (but the name was tossed around).

    Of course our 2nd rd pick's already in Houston due to that wonderful Mo Taylor trade.
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    God damn the Bulls are stupid. Maybe we don't have to worry about them next year after all.
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    He wants to extend coming off of a magnificent season. Normal human reaction.

    Bulls management wants to see if the streak can continue into next season before extending. Perhaps the Bulls will not perform quite as well, and they can save a little money. Normal management reaction.

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    Is it normal management reaction to have a clause in a contract that says if Skiles gets fired at 2 years (before or after I don't remember) the remainder of his contract gets paid out over the next 20 years!!!

    Just something I saw on a Bulls board.

    I won't even mention the theory that Skiles could end up the next Pistons coach.

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    My first reaction is "this guy's a quitter".

    Hey, what do you know, it's my second and third reaction, as well.

    He quit on the Pacers, and now he appears to be quitting on the Bulls. He's a great guy and a very good Coach but is he worth all the headaches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beast23
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    He wants to extend coming off of a magnificent season. Normal human reaction.

    Bulls management wants to see if the streak can continue into next season before extending. Perhaps the Bulls will not perform quite as well, and they can save a little money. Normal management reaction.
    I argue you can't have a coach on an ending contract, period. Causes all kinds of locker room problems.
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    When the hell did he quit on the Pacers? I remember him getting fired (or asked to resign) from the Suns.

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    Well if Skiles coaches this last year in Chicago then leaves, that'd be the same time as Carlise's three years would be up...

    If Bird sticks to that theory anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beast23
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    He wants to extend coming off of a magnificent season. Normal human reaction.

    Bulls management wants to see if the streak can continue into next season before extending. Perhaps the Bulls will not perform quite as well, and they can save a little money. Normal management reaction.
    Also, getting extended before going into your lame duck year helps out with authority on the bench.

    If the Bulls management doesn't know this, then great for us!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grace
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    When the hell did he quit on the Pacers? I remember him getting fired (or asked to resign) from the Suns.

    When he was on the team and we sucked, he told Donnie that he was quitting basketball (he was pouting) but then it was looked at as he was just tired of losing. It may be more than that. It may be "when the going gets tough, the Skiles gets leaving". But I may be reading too much into this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMac
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    When he was on the team and we sucked, he told Donnie that he was quitting basketball (he was pouting) but then it was looked at as he was just tired of losing. It may be more than that. It may be "when the going gets tough, the Skiles gets leaving". But I may be reading too much into this.
    P.S. This was when he was playing for the Pacers.

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    I argue you can't have a coach on an ending contract, period. Causes all kinds of locker room problems.
    Especially when every day, and twice on game days, the media is going to be up in the players' faces asking, "Is the fact that your coach doesn't have a contract for next year a distraction?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMac
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    My first reaction is "this guy's a quitter".

    Hey, what do you know, it's my second and third reaction, as well.

    He quit on the Pacers, and now he appears to be quitting on the Bulls. He's a great guy and a very good Coach but is he worth all the headaches?

    What? LOL. Man, you sure don't know much about Skiles!

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    Thank the Maker that we have a great coach that will be here next year...
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    I have a question: If there's a lockout and they don't play next season at all does that count as a year on a coach's contract?

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    I assume if it counts as a year on a player's contract, then it would for a coach's as well.
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    Yes, but when I asked the All Seeing, All Knowing Kegboy if coaches still got paid during a lockout he said yes. The players don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grace
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    Yes, but when I asked the All Seeing, All Knowing Kegboy if coaches still got paid during a lockout he said yes. The players don't.
    Right, because coaches aren't in the player's union.
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    Right, because coaches aren't in the player's union.
    You know, come to think of it, that's the same thing Kegboy said.

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