(670 The Score) One of the many traits that Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas was looking for in a new coach was a strong track record in player development.
Coming off a 22-43 campaign that was shortened by the pandemic, the Bulls remain stuck in neutral in their rebuilding process. What they do have is some promising young talent that hasn’t developed well enough or coalesced yet. In hiring Billy Donovan on Tuesday as the franchise’s 21st coach, the Bulls believe they’ve found someone who can play a leading role in connecting with and fostering the growth of youngsters like Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Coby White.
And to Donovan, development means more than improving players’ on-court skills. It means taking a holistic approach to the needs of the individual and team.
“It is a very, very broad concept,”