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Bulls to hire Roy Rogers as assistant coach

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another addition to Jim Boylen’s staff

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The Chicago Bulls coaching staff makeover continues.

The Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson reported earlier Monday that the Bulls had interviewed Roy Rogers for an assistant coaching job and the 45-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the team, per Woj.

Known as a defensive guru, Rogers spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets success on the defensive side of the ball has been all over the map under Rogers influence. Last season and during the 2016-2017 season, Houston checked in at No. 18 in the NBA in defensive rating. In 2017-2018 they were seventh in this category. He’s also known for his ability to connect with big men and has helped develop guys like Clint Capela.

The Rockets have gone through a coaching purge in the wake of another playoff loss to the Warriors, and Rogers was one of those affected.

Rogers joins Chris Fleming as new faces on the Bulls coaching staff for next season. The Bulls interviewed Texas Tech assistant Mark Adams for a likely similar position in May, but he ultimately decided to remain with the Red Raiders. Since then, longtime assistant Pete Myers abuptly resigned for personal reasons.

A bit of trivia: Rogers was briefly a Bull in his playing days, he was the player compensation for the post-dynasty sign-and-trade of Scottie Pippen, but never suited up for the team.