Sunday , May , 25 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Jerry Reinsdorf: Mike D’Antoni Scared of Defense

Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said today on WMVP-AM (1000) he believes one of the main reasons that conversations with Mike D’Antoni didn’t continue was D’Antoni might have been scared off by Reinsdorf’s mandate on playing better defense.

Reinsdorf, appearing on the "Waddle and Silvy Show," said if conversations continued he might have made D’Antoni an offer.

"The Knicks told him they loved him, and they rushed him like you rush for a fraternity, and we hadn’t made up our minds," Reinsdorf said. "Is that indecisive? It may be, but this is a pretty important hire. This is a very important hire, particularly the way the Lottery worked out [with the Bulls getting the first draft pick]. I think it’s only appropriate that we take our time. He said there was no rush, by the way. Then the next morning he went to the Knicks." [Chicago Sun-Times]