Time hasn’t afforded the Bulls any stability with their coaching staff.
After firing Tom Thibodeau almost twelve months ago and replacing him with Fred Hoiberg, the Bulls now face another offseason of filling holes within its coaching department.
Currently holding the role of associate head coach, Jim Boylen has been flagged as a potential successor to Frank Vogel, whose contract will not be renewed by the Indiana Pacers, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.
As an assistant to Vogel in Indiana, familiarity and a pedigree that includes an apprenticeship with the San Antonio Spurs stand to make Boylen a strong candidate for the Pacers’ vacancy. While the search for a replacement is only beginning for the Pacers, should Boylen be successful in his desire to become an NBA head coach, the Bulls will be forced to join the hunt for a new associate head coach.
Already in the market for more veteran NBA experience to add to Fred Hoiberg’s staff, Randy Brown and Charlie Henry are no longer expected to reprise their current role as assistants, as per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
The Tribune previously has reported that coach Fred Hoiberg’s staff will be tweaked and that Randy Brown is expected to move back into a front-office role. Sources indicated Charlie Henry, who followed Hoiberg from Iowa State to the Bulls, also could be off the bench. The Bulls are seeking to add more NBA experience to Hoiberg’s staff.
The potential shakeup of the coaching staff signals the start of many changes that are expected to surround the Bulls throughout the offseason.
A remodeling of the roster was already an agenda item for Bulls management, who now must also address several coaching vacancies. With vacant head coaching roles across the league that require filling, it would be opportunistic of the Bulls to target any unsuccessful candidate for the current availabilities, and to offer them a role as part of Hoiberg’s coaching department.
Among the available coachng candidates looking to reenter the NBA, former Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek – who just so happens to be an Iowa State alumni – has experience in dealing with a dual scoring backcourt, could greatly assist Hoiberg in dealing with the co-existence of Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler.
Irrespective of Boylen potentially jumping ship to Indiana, the addition of quality veteran coaches with different ideas formed from outside of the franchise would be a sound decision. Nepotistic roles for former members of the Bulls organization who possess little coaching acumen must be abandoned.
It’s clear that Fred Hoiberg needs support, therefore surrounding the sophomore coach with ample knowledge and resources that he can lean on during his continued development as coach will be beneficial for the Bulls moving forward.
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