Chicago Bulls Named Adrian Griffin As Lead Assistant Coach

By Courtney Harden
Chicago Bulls: Have Finally Found Their Lead Assistant Coach Within The Organization
Stephen R. Sylvanie – USA TODAY Sports


The Chicago Bulls have been a successful franchise for many years.  Part of that success has come with great coaching staff. Coach Tom Thibodeau has proven to be a real good coach. But every good coach has to have a reliable coaching staff and a strong lead assistant.

The Bulls have been looking for a lead assistant coach ever since they let go of former lead assistant coach, Ron Adams this offseason. Adams was quickly scooped up by the Boston Celtics. The Bulls replaced Adams within the organization and named assistant coach, Adrian Griffin as Tom Thibodeau’s right-hand man.

Griffin was being courted by multiple teams this offseason for a head coaching gig. Eventually, he decided to come back to Chicago once the lead assistant job was available. Griffin knew he had a shot at grabbing the lead assistant position. It was a very smart choice for him to come back.

Griffin has been with the organization for a long time. He played for the Bulls as a role player for three seasons. Before accepting the assistant coaching job from the Bulls in 2010, he worked for the Milwaukee Bucks.

The 39-year-old Griffin brings some toughness to the Bulls’ coaching staff.  He has high energy and an assertive style just like in his playing days.  Coach Thibs is demanding and Griffin should fit right in.

Being the person behind Coach Thibodeau should be a great experience for Adrian Griffin. He gets to learn from one of the top coaches in the NBA.  He will have more assignments to deal with and he will be more of vocal with the players.  He has the respect of the players already, so the transition should be a smooth one.  Getting this position should lead him to more head coaching opportunities.

Courtney Harden is a Chicago Bulls writer for   Follow him on Twitter @courtney110979, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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