After hiring the green Vinny Del Negro to become the Chicago Bulls’ head coach, the organization has hired some tremendous assistant coaches. Vinny’s Prince now has the Revolution — in the form of three aging men.
Del Harris, Bernie Bickerstaff and Bob Ociepka have been brought into the fold. I’m very happy and impressed with these hires. All three guys can ground the organization with pragmatism and experience, supplementing the change of direction and freshness that Vinny represents.
Harris has more than 13 seasons of head coaching experience with a career record of 556 wins and 457 losses. Having been with the Mavericks for the last nine seasons, Harris has been apart of the offensive fluidity of Don Nelson as well seeing the strict defensive schemes of Avery Johnson. Maybe Jerry Reinsdorf will morph into Mark Cuban?
Bickerstaff has been with the Charlotte Bobcats franchise since the beginning. He has served as their head coach, general manager and EVP of basketball operations. Vinny, as well as John Paxson, will benefit from having someone that has managed a team from different angles. Maybe Reinsdorf will turn into Michael Jordan?
Ociepka also has a lot of coaching experience. Additionally, he spent the last two seasons as a Timberwolves assistant. His familiarity with a young core nucleus will also play a part.
Although these aren’t your USA National Team assistants (Jim Boeheim, Nate McMillan and formerly Gregg Popovich), this is a great move by the Bulls. For the first time this summer, they have done what I wanted them to do.
I hope they make it Purple Rain.
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