Bulls assistant coach Harris retiring

Veteran NBA coach Del Harris, who spent this season as an assistant with the Chicago Bulls, is retiring.

"I would like to thank Del Harris for all of his hard work and dedication this past season," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said in a statement on the team's Web site. "He has had a terrific career and we wish him the best in his retirement."

Harris, who turns 72 in June, has been coaching for 50 years in the NBA, collegiate and high school levels, as well as overseas. He compiled a 556-457 (.549) record in 12 seasons as an NBA head coach with three different teams -- the Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.

"I was very fortunate to have Del by my side this past season," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said in a statement. "His knowledge and understanding of the game were an incredible benefit and help.

"He has had a tremendous and successful coaching career that is quite remarkable. In his 50 years of coaching, he has had such a positive impact on so many people's lives on and off the court. I was truly thankful for his support and encouragement throughout last season. I can only wish Del and his family all the best."

The 1994-95 NBA Coach of the Year with the Lakers, Harris also guided the Rockets to the NBA Finals in 1981.