Bulls in no rush to hire new coach

GM Gar Forman taking his time, researching candidates

Six days into the Bulls’ second coaching search in three years seems the
proper time to recall general manager Gar Forman’s dominant theme from
last week’s news conference about finding Vinny Del Negro’s replacement.

"In my mind, there’s not a huge rush," Forman said last Tuesday.

It seemed inconceivable given Del Negro had been reported to be fired since last December. But according to NBA coaching sources, Forman’s words appear to be true.

The word around the league, as Forman continues to do background on prospective candidates, is that the Bulls will narrow their list to a certain number of finalists before scheduling interviews.

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No known interviews have been scheduled, though it’s possible, due to the tight-lipped nature of the Bulls, that they have conducted some privately.

The Bulls began research on prospective candidates back in December, but the process, according to people whom Forman has contacted about candidates, is becoming more comprehensive. The Tribune has confirmed Forman has done research on at least Mo Cheeks, Kevin McHale, Dwane Casey and Lawrence Frank.

That list isn’t meant to be comprehensive. And it’s unclear where the Bulls stand on the candidacies of Jeff Van Gundy and John Calpari.

"In my mind, the first week or two or several weeks, I want to gather as much information as possible," Forman said last week. "I don’t want to be put in a box on what the time frame is. Could we find the right guy in a week? I guess we could. But there’s no rush. It could drag into June, into July. There’s not going to be a timetable."

The Bulls aren’t solely focusing on the coaching search. League sources said they have begun private draft workouts at the Berto Center, though Matt Lloyd, the team’s director of college scouting, is the point person for that process.

Forman and John Paxson, the Bulls’ executive vice president of basketball operations, went through this juggling act in 2008 as well. That’s when the Bulls held the No. 1 overall pick that became Derrick Rose.


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