Vinny Del Negro was able to speak about the Bulls on Saturday.

And not one shot fired.

The Los Angeles Clippers coach, who spent two seasons with the Bulls from 2008 through 2010, had a much different attitude last May, when he went off on his former organization in a Yahoo! Sports article, particularly as far as vice president of basketball operations John Paxson was concerned.

"All that [bleep] that I had to deal with John and everything, it was a total cluster[bleep]," Del Negro told the website. "Listen, I understand the business: I hadn't coached before, and my first job was in Chicago, where I had absolutely no [management] support."

But on Saturday, it was all compliments, especially as far as one of Del Negro's former players was concerned.

Del Negro had Joakim Noah in the center's second year in the league, and said that the level he's now playing is All-Star caliber.