Chicago's Head Coach Vacancy is the Right Step Up for High-End Assistants and Other Bulls Bits

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Chicago’s Head Coach Vacancy is the Right Step Up for High-End Assistants and Other Bulls Bits

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I have my fantasy football draft tomorrow. If you need me, I’ll be doing mock drafts that will ultimately be nothing like how the actual draft goes.

•   Make no mistake, the Chicago Bulls head coach vacancy is an intriguing job opportunity to many coaches around the league. Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix joined the Bulls Talk Podcast, and while he didn’t necessarily share anything groundbreaking, he did say there was chatter inside the Orlando Bubble about the Bulls job. The consensus is that Chicago offers a solid foundation, especially for those high-end assistants who are looking to step into the head coaching world. We all know the roster is full of intriguing young talent, but the flexibility that opens up in just one season is likely a major factor when it comes to drawing interest. Also, with the focus on player development and steady improvement, the hired coach should feel confident about his/her job security.

•   Mannix also said that he thinks we should keep a close eye on former-Nets coach Kenny Atkinson and Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas. With league-wide praise for Atkinson’s player development skills, Mannix calls hiring him a “no-brainer.” I’ve found myself thinking the same thing plenty of times before, and I question whether or not the Bulls are overthinking this. At the same time, it can prove very beneficial to cast a wide-net. Not to mention, Atkinson would come in with some preconceived notions, and Karnisovas would have to be 100 percent confident that those align with his preferred culture. Promoting an assistant could offer more of a clean-slate and perhaps fit with the organizations change-of-pace approach even better. Silas could be that guy, and he also has nearly two decades worth of experience on NBA benches. I also don’t mind that he led the Dallas Mavericks offense this season.

•   We’ll talk more about Silas soon. For now, check out some of the other coaches we’ve looked into:

•   Old school MJ photos? Yes, please. Veteran photographer David Banks shared some cool work with Rolling Stone.

•   The future is bright with this one.

•   How the hell did Kyle Lowry make this pass?

•   10/10 would wear.


Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.