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Posted on: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

NBA: Bulls try to downplay Del Negro-Paxson spat


MIKE CRANSTON
AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman is downplaying last month's confrontation between coach Vinny Del Negro and vice president of basketball operations John Paxson.

In a statement released before Wednesday's regular-season finale against Charlotte, Forman confirmed there was an "internal disagreement" that was the result of each "expressing their passion" about the well-being of players and the desire to win.

Yahoo! Sports reported Paxson grabbed Del Negro's tie and shoved him before being restrained in a dispute over forward Joakim Noah's minutes after a game on March 30. Noah was recovering from a foot injury.

Del Negro said before the Charlotte game that it's "unfortunate" that the story came out.