Did Scott Skiles Propose His Own Firing?

The drama in Chi-town has not ceased and doesn't appear to be doing so anytime soon.

ESPN.com reported yesterday that Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf stated that Scott Skiles admitted he had lost the team prior to his being shown the door on Dec. 24:

Former Chicago Bulls coach Scott Skiles was fired after he told management the team needed "a new voice."

"Something didn't mesh right this year," team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in an interview scheduled to air Sunday night on WGN-TV. "Scott came to us eventually and said, 'I think the team needs a new voice.' ... Scott realized that he wasn't getting through to them. It was time to do something else.

Frankly, I'm not sure what to make of this.

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The question that remains is what the point of this commentary was on Reinsdorf's part.

Given what seemed to be fairly popular support of a Skiles canning from the community of Bulls fans at the time, it certainly doesn't seem like there is any need for Reinsdorf to be looking to defend his decision on that account.  It is hard to imagine he is getting that nervous about the fact that the Bulls are just 8-9 since the firing of Skiles and insertion of interim coach Jim Boylan, as they were a far more putrid 9-17 prior.

Exonerating himself for a crime he hasn't been popularly accused of seems like an odd path for Reinsdorf to take.  So the point of rehashing the issue remains unclear.

Then again, nothing has been particularly clear in Chicago this season.

There will be more to this story as time passes.  That much is for sure.  Little else is.

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