CARLISLE WITHDRAWS FROM BULLS' CONSIDERATION: Strike Rick Carlisle from the list of coaches under consideration for the Chicago Bulls' job.

The Indianapolis Star reported Sunday that the Indiana Pacers assistant called Jerry Krause, the Bulls' vice president of basketball operations, on Saturday to tell him of his decision.Carlisle, 38, an NBA assistant since 1989, interviewed with Krause and Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on July 7. He was among a small group publicly acknowledged as candidates to replace Phil Jackson, who led the Bulls to the NBA championship six times in the past eight years.

The others include Scott Skiles, an assistant at Phoenix; Iowa State coach Tim Floyd; and longtime NBA assistants Ron Rothstein and Paul Silas.

"The reasons purely relate to how I feel about our players, our ownership, (team president) Donnie Walsh and Larry Bird," Carlisle said. "We have a very unusual group of players here, and I believe those guys are excited about making another run at a championship."

Indiana pushed Chicago to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals.