Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald reported that the Bulls have hired Sidney Green as a big man coach. I know, I know…you’re probably wondering, “Sidney who?” But believe it or not, Green was drafted by the Bulls in the 1st round (5th pick, 5th overall) of the 1983 NBA Draft. Of course, there’s more to it than that.
According to McGraw: “[Green] spent 10 seasons as a head coach at the college level, at Southampton, North Florida and Florida Atlantic. He was an assistant at Indiana during Mike Davis’ final season in 2005-06. During his 10 seasons an NBA player, I don’t remember Green as a classic big man, but more of an athletic power forward with a face-up jumper. Maybe that doesn’t matter, since the Bulls’ only true low-post center is Aaron Gray. There are a couple of connections with the current Bulls. Green played with Vinny Del Negro in San Antonio for part of the 1992-93 season. He also knows Joakim Noah very well, because his son Taurean was Noah’s teammate on Florida’s two championship teams. Taurean Green played for the Bulls’ Las Vegas summer league entry in July.”
McGraw also had a chance to speak with Green, who said: “(I’ll teach) the fundamentals of the game. Being a head coach in college, I’m going to pretty much do what I’ve asked my assistant coaches on my staff to do: Do what you do best and understand the cause of our organization and that our success is bigger than ourselves individually. Bring more tenacity and defense and make sure the players follow coach Del Negro’s script.”
The main fundamental I’m worried about is blocking out, since the Bulls were one of the worst defensive rebounding teams in the league last season. Hopefully Green will put Joakim, Tyrus and the rookies through Protecting The Defensive Boards 101.