But Bucks coach Scott Skiles, who also had coached Griffin as a
player in Chicago, was impressed with Griffin's work ethic and
conscientiousness and hired him as a behind-the-bench coach.
Now, two years later, Griffin has beaten the odds again. Monday,
he was on the verge of being hired as a bench coach for new Bulls
coach Tom Thibodeau.
At 36, Griffin will become one of the youngest bench coaches in
"I am very fortunate,'' Griffin said. "I was just a player two
years ago and now I'm a coach. It's very competitive to make an NBA
team as a player, but it's even more competitive to become an NBA
coach. There are only a few of them (usually five) on each
Interesting that the Bulls are making Griffin the youngest bench assistant in the league, though I suppose that's not too unusual given the Bulls like to promote from within and have long hired assistants that were former players on the team.
I'm a proponent of Griffin. I think every team needs a guy like Griffin who can still connect well with players and management to help be the go between when issues arise, and issues always arise. Having a guy the players and management both trust and can relate to bridges the gap.
Obviously, the Bulls have been fans of Griffin for some time given that they brought him in for two stints in Chicago, vastly overpaying him the second time. Equally as obvious, he impressed Skiles during his stays here as Skiles brought him to Milwaukee.
I know many people will rip on the signing due to frustrations with Griffin as a player, but I like it. Thibodeau is our coaching genius here. He's the one designing the offense and defense. The other coaches are working with players to help them on their game in various ways or helping with specific niche areas. Griffin can fill a niche as player/coach liaison while helping guards on their fundamentals.