Billy Donovan is going to be able to build his own staff. Well, mostly. On Monday, it was announced that the Chicago Bulls will be parting ways with assistant coaches Karen Stack Umlauf, Dean Cooper, Nate Loenser, and Roy Rogers.
What About Chris Fleming?
Chris Fleming remains on the staff for now. He is highly respected around the league and has gotten some head coaching interviews. As of now, Donovan appears poised to keep Fleming. That move makes sense. Fleming – the lead assistant under Jim Boylen – has a ton of valuable experience, and it would makes sense to keep someone on the staff with familiarity of the organization, even if he has only been in Chicago for a year.
If Donovan wants to bring his own person in to take on the lead assistant role, that would make sense, too. At this point, Artūras Karnišovas probably wants to make Donovan feel as comfortable as possible with his staff.
Sweeping Changes Indeed
Changes were certainly to be expected when Karnišovas took over as the executive vice president of basketball operations. It started with him bringing Marc Eversley in as GM. Then, as soon as head coach Billy Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to part ways, Karnišovas pounced and brought a legitimate head coach to Chicago for the first time in ages. Most fans and media members alike were skeptical when the Bulls appeared poised to actually make sweeping changes. However, this latest move continues to prove that they are. That has to make fans excited.
Out of the names being let go, the one who has been with Chicago the longest is Karen Stack Umlauf. She was a baller at Northwestern in the 1980’s and has been with the Chicago Bulls in some capacity since 1985. She was promoted to the role of Director of Basketball Administration in 2005 and advocated to John Paxson to let her coach in 2017.
It will be interesting to see who Donovan and company bring in as the new assistant coaches. We will keep you updated here at On Tap Sports Net. Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter: @BullsGuyRob.