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Johnson hasn't heard from Bulls

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls apparently will once again look past former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson in their search for a coach.


Johnson, who has spent the past two seasons as an analyst for ESPN, talked with executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson about the Bulls job in 2008 that eventually went to Vinny Del Negro. Now with Del Negro fired and the Bulls in search of a coach again, Johnson hasn't gotten any attention to this point from the Bulls.

"They evaluate their situation as far as who is the best fit. I don't think it's a knock on any potential coach that is available if he's not the right fit," Johnson said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "My track record speaks for itself. It's well-documented what we did in Dallas. Two years ago when there was a vacancy I had a quick conversation with Paxson on the phone, but I wasn't really, really interested in coaching at the time. I had just gotten let go by the Mavericks.

"As we move forward I'm talking to other teams about their situations. Hopefully I'll be the right fit for another team whether it's this year or next year."

Asked about his reputation as a tough disciplinarian possibly scaring teams off, Johnson pointed to his resume.

"In Dallas look at what happens when you're tough on guys," Johnson said. "When you're tough on guys and you take over for a head coach [Don Nelson] in March and you go 16-2 the rest of the way and you go to the second round [of the playoffs], you win back to back 60-win [seasons], you get to the [NBA] Finals, which is tough to do without a traditional post-up player and a relative unknown [Devin Harris] at the point guard position. We had a lot of success in Dallas.

"I don't think Doc Rivers is a soft coach, I don't think Phil Jackson is a soft coach. I think that's a little bit overrated."