It's true that the Chicago Bulls underachieved dramatically in the 2007-08 season, missing the playoffs just one season after looking like a young team on the rise in the NBA's Eastern Conference. That underachievement led to the firing of coach Scott Skiles during the season, and was perhaps a byproduct of the dysfunctional atmosphere surrounding the franchise.
With young talent like Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, Andres Nocioni, Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich and now the number-one pick in this year's NBA Draft, it would seem to be a dream job for a new coach.
Enter a blast from the past: former NBA head coach and current TNT NBA analyst (as I write this, Game Five of the Western Conference Finals is going) Doug Collins. Collins became a first-time NBA head coach in 1986 with...yes, the Chicago Bulls. He was replaced in 1989 by Phil Jackson.
Published reports have it that Collins is basically going to he hired, something Bulls' general manager John Paxson has downplayed until Collins is done covering the Western Conference Finals for TNT.
I think Collins could be good for the young Bulls, but one would wonder why he wants the job. Joakim Noah appears to be an immature kid that would get under Collins' skin, though he could get the young talent to mesh with each other better.
But there is the number-one pick. The prospect of coaching Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley, the two players most often mentioned as potential number-ones, would be enticing to any basketball coach.