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Bulls try to Downplay Del Negro-Paxon Spat
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman is downplaying last month's confrontation between coach Vinny Del Negro and vice president of basketball operations John Paxson.

In a statement released before Wednesday's regular-season finale against Charlotte, Forman confirmed there was an ``internal disagreement'' that was the result of each "expressing their passion" about the well-being of players and the desire to win.

Yahoo! Sports reported Paxson grabbed Del Negro's tie and shoved him before being restrained in a dispute over forward Joakim Noah's minutes after a game on March 30. Noah was recovering from a foot injury.

Del Negro said before the Charlotte game that it's "unfortunate" that the story came out.

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