Chicago Bulls: Bill Donovan named as Bulls next head coach

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The Chicago Bulls have hired Bill Donovan as the franchise next head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, Senior NBA Insider for ESPN.

The news of Donovan’s hire comes three weeks following his departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Donovan will become the 24th head coach in Bull’s history.

The Bulls are the second-youngest team in the league (24.83), and Donovan would be the perfect coach to guide the franchise back to relevancy.

In 2019 under former coach Jim Boylen, Chicago finished the season with a 22-43 record. Prior to the league suspension, the Bulls held the fourth-worst road record in the league at 8-23. Zach Lavine led the team in scoring averaging 25.5 points per game.

Donovan served five seasons as the head coach of the Thunder. He led the franchise to five consecutive playoff appearances with a 243-157 record.

Despite a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2016, this past season might have been Donovan’s most successful run. After trading Russell Westbrook, the Thunder came into the 2019-20 season with a 0.2 percent chance to make the playoffs.

Not only did he defy the odds, but it took a game-winning block by James Harden in Game 7 to keep Donovan from leading his team to the Western Conference semifinals. And if not for a global pandemic, Donovan would have captured his first 50-win season since 2016.