Vinny thanks Bulls on the way out

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Moments after Chicago Bulls brass discussed the firing of head coach Vinny Del Negro on Tuesday, Del Negro stood outside the Berto Center practice facility and thanked the organization.

"I just want to come out and say how grateful I am to [chairman] Jerry Reinsdorf and the Chicago Bulls," Del Negro said. "They have a lot of great people in the organization.

"I'd be remiss not to say how grateful I am to the players, as hard as they worked and developed. I feel very strongly that the organization is in a much better place now than it was two years ago when I started. I'm proud of the things we accomplished as a team. I'm proud of the players though, they put the work in, and they have a bright future."

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