Coaching search moving slowly
JOHN JACKSON, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
CHICAGO — About the only significant development in the Bulls’ coaching
search in the nearly two weeks since Vinny Del Negro was fired is that
more teams are looking for coaches.
The Atlanta Hawks fired Mike Woodson on Friday, and the Cleveland
Cavaliers soon might do the same with Mike Brown, increasing the number
of teams with openings.
As he hinted he would when he announced Del Negro’s firing, Bulls general manager Gar Forman has moved slowly and has spent the first two weeks doing background work and research on a number of candidates.
An NBA source said Forman is expected to narrow the field to about five candidates and begin conducting formal interviews sometime this week.
A source said Forman is interested in someone with head-coaching experience in the playoffs, so it is thought that former New Jersey Nets coach Lawrence Frank and Maurice Cheeks, who coached the Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers, will make the cut for interviews.
Even though he hasn’t coached in the playoffs, Dallas Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey — a finalist for the job when Del Negro was hired two years ago — is still in the mix. Kevin McHale, who didn’t make the playoffs in two brief stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves, might be a dark-horse candidate.