In what looks to be a key offseason for the Chicago Bulls, Fred Hoiberg and the front office now have another challenge in front of them. Restocking his coaching staff.
According to reports by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, assistant coaches Randy Brown and Charlie Henry are not expected to be back on the bench for the Bulls next season (via Chicago Bulls Confidential). Coaching moves were expected as the Bulls seek to have more NBA experience on the bench next to Hoiberg next year. Brown is expected to be back in a front office role with the Bulls next season. A proven assistant/ex-head coach would be a perfect fit considering that the rookie head coach had a very tough time adjusting to the NBA game. There are a lot of candidates out there for the Bulls to choose from and it will be interesting to see who will be sitting next to Hoiberg on the bench on opening day.
But the biggest blow the Bulls coaching staff could be the loss of associate head coach Jim Boylen, who was largely credited to be in charge of the defense this season. Thelong time assistant has been rumored as a replacement for Frank Vogel as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers according to CBS Sports.
If he gets offered the job, you'd imagine Boylen will certainly take it. According to Johnson's report, this has been something that Boylen has wanted for a long time.
In an interview last season, Boylen said his goal is to be an NBA head coach. An assistant since the early '90s and with the Rockets' title teams in 1994 and '95, Boylen served as the University of Utah's head coach from 2007 to 2011.
Losing Brown and Henry wouldn't be as bad as losing Boylen as he is one of Hoiberg's top assistants and came over from the San Antonio Spurs last year to the Bulls, a huge risk for him and the team itself. Although the Bulls still had defensive struggles, Boylen is likely a future NBA coach and is reputed as one of the best assistant coaches in the NBA.
If Boylen does depart, the pressure will be on the Bulls to choose a good assistant to help out Fred Hoiberg. An assistant with a strong defensive background would be an ideal candidate for the Bulls considering the season they had on that end. In addition for finding a team that fits with the head coach, the Bulls front office has to find the right assistants for their head coach this offseason. Just another item to add to the Bulls offseason checklist.