Bulls on Jack's Shoe Tie: "We Were in a Mismatch"
Toronto Raptors' Jarrett Jack ties his shoe as the Chicago Bulls' Luol Deng looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in Chicago. The Raptors defeated the Bulls 110-78. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)
Updated at 2:15 PM PST on Monday, Dec 7, 2009
Two days after
Jarrett Jack stood at mid-court and tied his shoe -- while the game clock was running, while he had the ball -- Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro finally responded.
"That's not acceptable,"
the . "But it was a unique situation where we were in a mismatch and Lu had turned his back. He didn't see it. Otherwise, he would've been up on the ball." Tribune reports
Woulda coulda shoulda. Truth of the matter is, Deng and the Bulls
wouldn't have been in that embarassing situation if they were prepared to play in the first place.
Jack, meanwhile, says the incident wasn't an insult and he meant no disrespect.
But there's the funny thing -- he doesn't have to show disrespect. The Bulls disrespected themselves by allowing Jack to tie his shoe in the first place.
Published at 2:14 PM PST on Dec 7, 2009