Bulls-NY with a touch of drama in the mix Tuesday at the United Center
Posted on Apr 6
So I’m combing the Internet on a snowy Monday here in Chicago. Wow, another Larry Hughes quote how he was mistreated by the Bulls. Hughes tells the NY Daily News:
Obviously, Hughes is on the same page with his current coach. Before coming to the Knicks at the trading deadline, he was at odds with Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro, whom he’ll face tomorrow night in Chicago.
Let’s just say that Hughes won’t go out of his way to hug his old coach when the teams walk onto the United Center floor for the opening tip.
“There’s no relationship,” he said. “I didn’t start, but that wasn’t the issue. You can’t start all the time. I understand that. And I voiced that. The issue was that he didn’t give me a shot to be out there to contribute.”
Hughes still harbors resentment about the way he was informed about the trade.
“I got a text message from the (Bulls) GM (John Paxson) – that’s it,” he said. “It was one line saying they appreciated my patience and wishing me good luck. I thought I’d get a courtesy call. They do it in every work place, every day. When management sends you off, they give you a courtesy call.”
So there you have it. Hughes, who was booed big time in Cleveland when the Bulls played there earlier this season will probably get the same treatment here at the United Center. Some things never change.
One other note, the Bulls are headed to the playoffs. The Knicks are on the beach. I have a ton of respect for Mike D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh and Glen Grunwald. Perhaps Hughes will find peace in NY. He can still play and still contribute but he should take the high road as the Bulls have and move on.
If you plan to attend Tuesday’s game at the United Center, how will you react when Hughes’ name is announced by public address announcer Tommy Edwards?
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