Tuesday , Feb , 12 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Chicago Bulls Deny Larry Brown Rumor

Bulls general manager John Paxson refuted a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Monday that said longtime NBA coach Larry Brown ‘has drawn interest’ from the Bulls. Paxson reiterated that interim coach Jim Boylan, whom Paxson promoted after firing Scott Skiles on Christmas Eve, has the job at least until the end of the season. ‘I have not begun the process’ of evaluating coaching options for next season, Paxson said.Brown, currently a vice president for the Philadelphia 76ers, has not coached since the 2005-06 season after being fired by the New York Knicks.

As for Boylan, his more immediate concern is how healthy his team will be when the Bulls (20-30) host the New Orleans Hornets (34-15) tonight at the United Center. Ben Gordon, who was scheduled to undergo a second MRI exam on his sprained right wrist Monday, is expected to miss his ninth game and likely won’t play Thursday against the Miami Heat. Luol Deng, who has been out since Jan. 23 with Achilles tendinitis, also will be out at least the next two games.  Click here for more from the Chicago Sun Times.