Bulls hire Billy Donovan as head coach

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan makes a call against the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

    Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan makes a call against the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Associated Press

 
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Updated 9/22/2020 5:18 PM

The Chicago Bulls announced Tuesday that Billy Donovan has been hired as the team's head coach. Donovan, who most recently coached the Oklahoma City Thunder, will be introduced to fans via virtual press conference at a date to be announced.

Donovan, 55, went 243-157 (.608) in five seasons as Thunder coach and made five consecutive trips to the playoffs. His winning percentage ranks 16th in NBA history, according to a news release from the team.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"We are very pleased to welcome Billy and his family to the Chicago Bulls," said Arturas Karnisovas, the Bulls' executive vice president for basketball operations. "The success that he has sustained over the course of his coaching career puts him on a different level.

"We feel his ability to help his players reach their potential, both individually and collectively, will mesh well with our roster. Whether as a player or as a coach, he has won everywhere his career has taken him, and we hope that will continue here in Chicago."

Donovan also coached for 19 years at the University of Florida, winning national titles in 2006 and 2007.

"I want to thank Jerry, Michael, Arturas and Marc for the opportunity to coach the Chicago Bulls," Donovan said. "I also want to thank them for the time and effort they put into this hiring process. I'm excited to partner with Arturas as we work together on behalf of this historic franchise."

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