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Old 07-15-06, 10:27 AM
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Coach fires back at Chandler

Bulls coach Scott Skiles took exception to Tyson Chandler's charge that Skiles was an uncommunicative coach and that "it was like there were walls up'' anytime Chandler tried to talk to Skiles.

''My staff and I are very, very disappointed,'' Skiles said of Chandler's criticism after he was traded to the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on July 5. ''Because in my over 30-plus years of playing competitive basketball, I've never been around a staff or head coach that spent so much time with one player; talking to one player, communicating with one player. All I can say, sometimes people say things they don't necessarily mean and after further thought wish they hadn't said it. Maybe that will be the case.

''Any player has a right to their opinion about certain issues. And it's a chic thing to do now; when you get traded is to blast your former team. Coaches do it, players do it, everybody does it. But most people that are around me know that -- and I always include my staff in this because they're vital to it, too -- we leave no stone unturned in communicating with our players. And, literally, on a daily basis. I would venture to say to a point they're actually sick of talking to us more than the other way.''

PICTURE THIS: Skiles said he is having a video made of all the free throws shot by Ben Wallace, who is a career 41.8 percent shooter from the line.

''I'm going to take a close look at it and if I feel like I can help a little bit I will,'' said Skiles, who shot 89 percent from the line during his career. ''And if I can't, I can't. I'm not going to worry about it. I don't mind his stroke. You can see he's not too stressed about it. I've talked to him about this already and so I'm not to stressed about it.''
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