McHale wants to coach Bulls

Updated: May 11, 2010, 1:12 AM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

ATLANTA -- Kevin McHale said he has not been contacted by the Chicago Bulls about the team's head coaching vacancy, but he hopes the phone rings soon. The former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach said he would like to be considered as one of the possible replacements for the recently fired Vinny Del Negro.

"Of course," McHale told ESPNChicago.com on Monday night after working Game 4 of the Magic/Hawks series for TNT. "You go in there and talk to [Bulls general manager] Gar [Forman]. I know Gar and John Paxson real well. And hopefully if it's the right fit, it's the right fit. That's what you're looking for and that's what they're looking for. They're looking for the right fit.

The Hall of Famer has worked as a broadcaster since being fired from the Timberwolves in 2009, but is hoping to be the right fit for the Bulls.

"You got to wait and see," he said. "But I think Chicago is a great job. Derrick Rose, love him. Taj Gibson, love him. Joakim Noah, love him. You've got Kirk Hinrich, love him. They're tough guys, they play really hard and they get after it defensively and I think they're all just going to get better."

McHale knows that if he does get an interview he will have plenty of competition for the position. He believes that the Bulls job is one of the best on the market.

"I'm sure people look at it differently," he said. "I think it's a great job. And I think it's a job that they're going to have a ton of people that are going to be trying to get it."

No matter what the Bulls decide to do, McHale is hoping to become a coach at some point again in the future.

"I'd like to coach," he said. "I had a lot of fun doing it. In the right situation everybody wants to coach. In the wrong situation, no one wants to coach. So we'll wait and see what happens. I've been enjoying doing the television work, though."

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.