The Chicago Bulls have been trying to find a way back to the playoffs for several years, and it seems everything they did so far from an organizational standpoint didn’t work. This summer marked many changes within the franchise, and the most recent change was hiring former OKC head-coach Billy Donovan.
Donovan spent the last five seasons with OKC and made it to the playoffs in each of these seasons; however, they’ve only made it out of the first round once, and it was when they blew a 3-1 lead against the Warriors. Donovan’s biggest problem when coaching OKC was the lack of opportunities for other players on the team that are not Russell Westbrook or Kevin Durant at that time, but the Bulls front office believes he is a good fit for a young and talented Bulls squad.
Scottie Pippen is one of the Bulls legends that doesn’t believe he is a good fit for this team. In an interview for Forbes, Pippen simply said Donovan won’t bring the added value this team needs to get back into the playoffs and possibly compete for a championship in a few seasons.
“I like Billy Donovan as a person, but I don’t think he’s proved anything in the NBA that proves he’s worth investing in and bringing a team up that needs help like Chicago does. They’re a team that has been struggling for a long time. To me, I don’t see the value he brings to them. He’s going to be a coach, but there are a lot of them out there. He didn’t do anything special in OKC that warranted him a second opportunity. That’s just my opinion.”Scottie Pippen, via Forbes
It wouldn’t be fair to say Donovan is not a great coach because he did a great job with OKC when nobody expected them in the playoffs when the season started. However, he might not be the right fit for this Bulls squad with a lot of young talent but not enough structure and a winning mentality. Hopefully, Donovan can bring some positive changes to this team. Still, his track record in the NBA so far definitely doesn’t support that claim, and it will be interesting to see how the Bulls players respond to him as the new head coach of a franchise, finally making a push to get back to the playoffs.