Skiles to lead Chicago

Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2003

DEERFIELD, Ill. The Chicago Bulls' famed triangle offense could be scrapped as one of many changes Scott Skiles will bring to the struggling team now in its sixth season of rebuilding.

Even though Tex Winter, the designer of the offense, once sent him a book on its fundamentals, Skiles will stamp the Bulls with his own approach.

Like Skiles, it will be aggressive.

''I'm not sure it suits this group,'' Skiles said of the triangle offense Friday when he took over as head coach. ''There will be some things that look similar and things that are a total departure from it.''

Skiles will demand more defense and team play from the 4-12 team he takes over following the firing of Bill Cartwright.

''There needs to be a real attitude of unselfishness and winning that has had a little slippage,'' he said.

Skiles' reputation was forged by his feisty playing style and later by his no-nonsense, in-your-face approach during his first NBA coaching stop in Phoenix.

Raptors, Bulls agree to six-player deal

CHICAGO Chicago and Toronto have agreed to a six-player trade that will send Jalen Rose to the Raptors for Antonio Davis, Bulls general manager John Paxson said Saturday night. The deal is pending league approval Monday.

The Bulls will also ship Lonny Baxter and Donyell Marshall to the Raptors and get Toronto's Jerome Williams and Chris Jeffries.

''We're giving up talented players,'' Paxson said, adding that the presence of Davis and Williams will help the Bulls on the inside where they have young and erratic prep-to-pros Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler.

''This is hard to do, but I think it's right for the organization right now,'' Paxson said. ''It's been a long tough week in a lot of ways. I think we're in position now where we got a big basketball team. We've still got issues and I don't expect miracles right away, but I expect us to be a competitive team.''

Paxson fired coach Bill Cartwright last Monday after Chicago lost 10 of its 14 games. Then on Friday, he named Scott Skiles to replace him. The Bulls are 4-12 overall.

Rose, a small forward in his 10th NBA season, is averaging 13.3 points third best on the team but has shot just 38 percent from the field this season. He would give Toronto, which has struggled to score points, an offensive punch. He came to the Bulls in February 2002 in a trade from the Pacers.

The 6-foot-9 Davis, averaging nine rebounds and 8.6 points, presents a veteran inside presence

''Antonio Davis can't help but be a good influence on the other guys and Jerome Williams hustles all the time. He gets up and down the floor,'' Skiles said.

''Sometimes you have to give good things up for things that make more sense at the time. I think we've become a more physical and tougher team that can rebound and defend better,'' Paxson said.

Marshall, averaging 8.7 points and six rebounds, said he got a phone call Saturday from Paxson telling him of the deal.

''I feel a little in shock right now. I kept hearing about it for a week and a half now,'' Marshall said.

''Usually when trade rumors go around that long, usually they're dead. I was laying at home getting ready to come into the second practice and my phone rang and it was Pax,'' he said.

''I've been in this league 10 years. I know it's a business, I know you gotta do what you've got to do to make this team better. I guess it was a trade that both teams felt they got something good out of it.''

When asked about the trade, Raptors spokesman Jim LaBumbard said Davis and Williams wouldn't be in uniform for Saturday night's game at Miami and that they were ''involved in trade talks.''

''We hope to have something done in the next 48 hours,'' LaBumbard said. He wouldn't comment further.

The Bulls don't play until Monday night.

Veteran Scottie Pippen, who returned to Chicago this season to provide leadership, said it's tough to see Rose and Marshall depart, but it's all part of the business.

''Davis will give us some toughness inside and Williams has a lot of energy and enthusiasm,'' Pippen said. ''We got veteran guys who know how to play the game. I think it should make us better.''

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