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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, May 4, 2010

NBA: Paxson apologizes for Del Negro altercation

AP Sports Writer

DEERFIELD, Ill. Saying he was "not at all proud," John Paxson apologized to the Chicago Bulls and fired coach Vinny Del Negro for their late-season altercation.

Paxson also made this clear: He plans to stick around.

Speaking publicly Tuesday for the first time since his confrontation with Del Negro in late March, Paxson said he accepts the criticism and "people saying I should probably be fired or released, whatever. I'm not going anywhere because I believe in what the organization stands for and what I stand for."

Del Negro, however, is going away.

That became official on Monday when the Bulls fired him in a long anticipated move after two 41-41 seasons and first-round playoff exits. A day later, Del Negro thanked chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, the organization and his players while praising his assistants and the fans in a brief statement outside the team's practice facility. He did not take questions.