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Hired to be fired

Del Negro fires back at his critics, but tenure looks shaky

Updated: December 11, 2009, 9:43 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

"If you're shocked that Britney was lip-synching at her concert and want your money back, life may continue to be hard for you." - John Mayer on Britney Spears' lip-syncing allegations, via Twitter

CHICAGO --When Vinny Del Negro became the front-runner and, ultimately, the coach of the Chicago Bulls, the collective reaction from the NBA and Bulls fans was a collective "Huh?" followed by a collective "Wow, really?"

In the NBA coaching firmament, Del Negro wasn't ...

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