The search for the next Chicago Bulls head coach continues.
In his latest report, ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski confirms the Bulls are talking with/granting permission to talk with nearly a dozen candidates for their head coaching vacancy.
Wojnarowski’s new list includes a lot of names we’ve heard before including one of the lead dogs in Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson.
Other names on the list that we knew about include Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, Denver Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr., Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas, Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach David Vanterpool, and Philadelphia 76ers assistant Ime Udoka.
We profiled all of these guys in a post earlier this month.
Woj does mention some new candidates as well in his latest news drop.
First, is Miami Heat assistant coach Dan Craig. He has been with the Miami Heat since 2003 (had a brief one-year stint as a head coach of a D League squad), rising through the ranks from video intern to assistant coach. He’s been a part of three NBA championship teams and has coached everybody from Dwyane Wade and Shaq Diesel in ‘06, to the Heatles, to James G. Buckets. Obviously, he’s spent his career under the tutelage of Erik Spoelstra, widely regarded as one of the best coaches in the game.
In a one-year stint as head coach of the aforementioned D League squad the Sioux Falls Skyforce, they went 40-10 and won the D League Championship.
The other new name on Woj’s new list of candidates is Dallas Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley. He’s been in the NBA in various coaching roles since 2005 and actually spent the first five or so years of his coaching career in Denver although his time there didn’t overlap with Karnisovas.
Another little tidbit from Woj’s report is that the Bulls are considering internal candidates as well for their next head coaching job. Chris Fleming, who became the Bulls assistant coach in May 2019, is garnering consideration. As is assistant Roy Rogers who also joined the Bulls family in 2019.
Man, it’s refreshing to see the Bulls do an actual coaching search instead of plucking somebody from Ames, Iowa or just choosing the top assistant without really looking elsewhere.