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DOUG COLLINS, WHO was the Chicago Bulls’ coach before they started winning titles, is returning to the team as a senior adviser.Collins coached the team from 1986 to 1989, taking the Bulls to the Eastern Conference finals in his final season. It was a shock that he was fired and replaced by Phil Jackson. 

Jackson went on to become a legend, winning six titles with Chicago and five more with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Collins, 66, also coached the Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers, and most recently served as a television analyst for ESPN.

“Doug will be great in this capacity for our organization. The position of ‘senior adviser’ has proven to work well around the NBA in recent years, and I am confident the same will hold true with the Bulls,” team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a news release. “The fact that our relationship goes back more than 30 years certainly helps, but he is especially qualified to assist our leadership in rebuilding the Bulls.”

One of Collins’ bosses will be vice president of basketball operations John Paxson, who was a guard on the Bulls teams that Collins coached. General manager Gar Forman and head coach Fred Hoiberg are also part of the Chicago brain trust.

“I am looking forward to getting started and helping everyone,” Collins said in the news release. “To be able to stay involved in the NBA and work with John, Gar, Fred and their respective staffs, while not having to leave my family and continuing to live in one of the greatest cities in the world — the fit couldn’t be any better for me at this point in my life.”

Collins’ son, Chris, coaches at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. 

As a player, Doug Collins was the first overall pick in the 1973 NBA draft out of Illinois State. He played high school basketball in downstate Benton, Illinois. Collins was a four-time NBA All-Star who averaged 17.9 points per game for the 76ers in eight seasons before injuries cut short his career.



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Reports emerged on Tuesday morning that the NBA champion Warriors had already opted out of a visit to the White House, a decision the team is now denying ever happened.
2017 MVP Kevin Durant led the Warriors to their second title in three years on Monday night when Golden State took down LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120. According to several reports, the Warriors unanimously decided soon after their victory celebrations that they would not visit President Donald Trump at the White House to commemorate their championship win — but the team has since said they have made no such decision.
“Today is all about celebrating our championship,” the Warriors stated in responding to a Business Insider request for comment. “We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.”

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Steve Kerr looks better than he has since he took a leave of absence during the Golden State Warriors’ first-round playoff series, and there’s a chance he will coach at some point against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

Acting Warriors coach Mike Brown, speaking Wednesday to ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, said he didn’t know whether Kerr would return Thursday night for Game 1 and that the team wouldn’t know until closer to the 9 p.m. ET tipoff.

This comes just two days after Rose’s agent, B.J. Armstrong, told both SiriusXM NBA and the New York Post that his client is committed to the Knicks long-term. Rose was reportedly on the market before the trade deadline, but the team did not find a deal for him. He will be a free agent this summer. 

If it wasn’t already clear that New York’s Rose experiment failed, it should be now. On an individual level, the former MVP has been fine this season, perhaps a little better than expected. In 50 games, he has averaged 17.6 points, 4.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds, shooting 46.2 percent and showing an ability to get into the paint and score at the rim that the Knicks desperately needed. Those numbers, however, do not capture the harmful effect he has had on New York’s defense — when he’s been on the court, the team has had a 111.6 defensive rating, worse than any of his teammates. 

Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, D. Wade added 23 and the Bulls pull together to beat the Phoenix Suns 128-121 in overtime Friday night.

Butler and Wade led the Bulls as they rallied from 11 down in the 4th quarter to beat the Western Conference’s last-place team. Both players scored 14 points in the third to help the Bulls win their 3rd straight.

Nikola Mirotic scored 20 points and hit four 3-pointers. Robin Lopez added 19 points. Denzel Valentine, who figures to get more playing time after Doug McDermott was traded to Oklahoma City along with Taj Gibson on Thursday, had 15points. The rookie hit 5 of 8 three-pointers.

“You get more confidence, obviously, because you’re not looking over your shoulder every time something happens,” Valentine said. “You get more confidence when you know you’re in the rotation.”

Devin Booker scored 27 points for Phoenix but missed a chance to win in regulation after Wade fouled him on a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left. Booker hit the first two free throws to tie it, then missed the third.

Bledsoe had 17 points and 10 assists for Phoenix. T.J. Warren and Marquese Chriss scored 17 apiece. Alan Williams added 16 points on 8 of 9 shooting, but the Suns lost for the 6th time in 8 games.

Just being inexperienced,” Booker said. “Not getting stops down the stretch. Committing dumb turnovers. A bunch of stuff leads to that, a lot of stuff we need to work on. We have a lot of young players playing in crunch time, so we’ll learn from it.”

The Bulls tied a franchise record by scoring 20 points in overtime and were leading 116-110 after a seven-point spurt that Mirotic started with a 3.

Bulls take on LBJ and the Cavs tonight in Cleveland. For their first back-to-back game after the All-Star Game.

Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 22 to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the severely short-handed Bulls 117-89 on Sunday.
Ricky Rubio had 17 points, 11 assists and six rebounds and Minnesota shot 54 percent to help Thibodeau sweep the season series against his former team.
”It’s always hard when you’ve been through things with people,” Thibodeau said. ”I really root for that team, those guys, particularly the ones I’ve coached before. I want them to do well except when we play against them. It’s a great basketball city. It’s a great organization. I had five great years there.”

Doug McDermott scored 16 points and made four 3-pointers for the Bulls, who were missing Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade, Nikola Mirotic and Paul Zipser with injuries. The Bulls turned the ball over 18 times, were outrebounded 46-35 and were outscored 56-38 in the paint.

Thibodeau’s contentious firing was well-documented, but much of the drama was addressed during Minnesota’s visit to Chicago in December. The Timberwolves overcame a 21-point deficit to win that game, which started a 13-10 stretch that helped them climb back into the playoff picture in the muddled Western Conference.

T-Wolves Beat The Bulls 89-117 in Minnesota yesterday

”He has a good way of hiding stuff and that kind of emotion,” Wiggins said when asked if Thibodeau got an extra charge out of beating the Bulls. ”But I would if I was him.”
And while the Wolves have taken another step back recently, that December meeting was a prime example of the dysfunction plaguing the Bulls since Thibodeau was fired. Injuries, a lack of shooting and team chemistry issues have weighed on them all season long as they try to stay afloat in the East.
Badly outmanned on Sunday, the Bulls were put away quickly. The Wolves led by 19 in the first quarter and 26 in the first half.
The Bulls made their first five 3-pointers of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 13, but Thibodeau kept his starters in deep into the fourth quarter to push the lead back to 30.
”I know him too well. When most people think it’s not a big deal, it’s a big deal to him,” Bulls forward Taj Gibson said. ”You see him coaching the whole game. He even left some of the guys in late. I can see his hand shaking from over there on our end. I know he really wanted to win that game.”