CHICAGO (AP) -Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said he's been tempted to stand up and boo his own team, calling this season ``a disaster'' and ``embarrassing.''
Reinsdorf made his comments Friday on Comcast SportsNet's ``Monsters in the Morning'' show. He absolved general manager John Paxson of blame for the Bulls' dismal 20-27 record, but didn't defend coach Vinny Del Negro.
``All I know is what we have right now is not good and we have to get better,'' Reinsdorf said. ``They are playing hard in the last half-dozen or so games. We had some games where they were mailing it in and I felt like standing up and booing with everybody else. They're not mailing it in anymore.''
Asked to rate the season, Reinsdorf said, ``You want the grade up till today? What's the lowest grade you can give? This has been a disaster. It's embarrassing. But it will get better.''
Whether Reinsdorf was pointing a finger at Vinny Del Negro was unclear, but he said it wasn't Paxson's fault.
``If there's one person that is not responsible for what's going on right now, it's John Paxson,'' Reinsdorf said. ``I have tremendous confidence in John Paxson.''
Del Negro responded by saying Reinsdorf was probably trying to motivate the team with his comment.
``He lets you go do your job. We'll talk once in a while. We'll text once in a while. Frustration builds for him just like everybody else,'' Del Negro said. ``So I focus on what I can control and that's making this team better. And I feel we are.''
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