No so long ago, John Jackson of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that: “Bulls general manager Gar Forman has settled on the model for his ideal candidate — someone who has had not only head-coaching experience, but also postseason experience in the league.”
So naturally they just interviewed an assistant coach with no head coaching experience:
“With Doug Collins accepting the Philadelphia 76ers’ coaching vacancy Thursday, the Chicago Bulls moved on with their coaching search, interviewing Houston Rockets assistant coach Elston Turner for four hours Thursday afternoon, according to sources, at the NBA Pre-Draft Camp. The 50-year-old Turner has become a top head coaching candidate in the last three years, after a career as an assistant with the Kings, Blazers and Rockets. … He has developed a reputation as an excellent Xs and Os tactician in his years as Rick Adelman’s top assistant in Houston, which followed the Portland and Sacramento stints.”
Turner sounds like a fine fellow with a long history as a valued assistant…but he doesn’t exactly meet Forman’s “head coaching and playoff experience” criteria, does he?
“The Chicago Bulls apparently will once again look past former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson in their search for a coach. Johnson, who has spent the past two seasons as an analyst for ESPN, talked with executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson about the Bulls job in 2008 that eventually went to Vinny Del Negro. Now with Del Negro fired and the Bulls in search of a coach again, Johnson hasn’t gotten any attention to this point from the Bulls.”
Brad Miller for player / coach, anyone? (I’m kidding! Mostly.)