Monday, September 29, 2008

Communication and trust-building

Speaking of Vinny Del Negro, Bulls management appreciated his level of preparation and fresh ideas when they hired him to coach the team.

He's spent the summer working with his veteran staff on schemes, terminology, and philosophy. In addition, he's met personally over lunch or dinner with several Bulls players.

On the importance of communication: "I believe if you have good communication with players, the trust they have in you and you have in them can happen faster and better."

On testing and trying: "Just because I envision something or we diagram something and you think you're the smartest coach in the world, if it doesn't work you have to have enough sense to say, 'It's not as good as I thought,' and push it to the side and keep working."

On being patient and managing expectations: "I've been around long enough to know we have a lot of work to do. We have to get this team back to playing hard, with a commitment to each other and to respect wearing a Bulls jersey. Those things don't happen overnight."