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Pete Myers resigns as Bulls assistant coach

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you may have forgotten, but he’s been here forever

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A familiar face on the Chicago Bulls bench will no longer be with the team next season

Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson reports that longtime assistant coach Pete Myers has resigned from his position with the team due to personal reasons. He has a newborn child and is stepping away from basketball to spend more time with family.

Myers’ nine-year NBA career included three seasons with the Chicago Bulls. Former Bulls General Manager Jerry Krause hired him in 2001 and he served as an assistant coach in the Windy City from 2001-2010 before working under Mark Jackson on the Golden State Warriors staff (2011-2014 ... it involved some strangeness) and then getting hired back with the Bulls staff in 2015.

The Bulls of course love their guys, and Johnson mentioned in his article Myers’ reputation for being well liked by players and for his loyalty to the organization.

Here was Derrick Rose when Myers left the first time in 2010:

“Pete is a guy where if it wasn’t for him I don’t where I’d be in this league. He always is there, brings life to that organization and it hurt a little bit.”

With Myers gone, the Bulls coaching staff may need further modifications. They have recently added former Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Chris Fleming to Jim Boylen’s coaching staff. The team had strong interest in Texas Tech assistant coach and defensive guru Mark Adams but weren’t able to pull off a marriage between the two parties. Another long-time Bull Randy Brown was pushed out last season when Boylen assumed the head role.