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Ed Pinckney Joins Bulls As Assistant Coach

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NBA Veteran Ed Pinckney Joins Bulls' Collection Of Assistant Coaches

The Bulls announced yesterday the signing of Ed Pinckney, another assistant coach, to further bolster the staff supporting Tom Thibodeau. The release says that Pinckney indeed has assistant-coaching experience, serving in that capacity with the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2007-2009 and with Villanova from 2003-2007.

Pinckney becomes the Bulls’ fifth assistant coach. One hopes the Bulls’ bench has enough seats to accommodate them as well as the players.

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Bulls Add Adrian Griffin To Tom Thibodeau's Coaching Staff

As Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago writes, the Bulls have signed Adrian Griffin, a former Bucks assistant coach who appeared in 145 games for the Bulls during his playing days, as an assistant to new head coach Tom Thibodeau. Griffin joins Ron Adams and Andy Greer among Thibodeau’s assistants. Pete Meyers vacated his position in order to move to the front office.

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Did The Bulls Offer Tom Izzo Before Hiring Tom Thibodeau?

We know that the Chicago Bulls have their man in Tom Thibodeau. But was he their back-up plan? ESPN.com is reporting that Joel Ferguson, chairman of the Michigan State Board of Trustees, claims that the Bulls offered Spartan head coach Tom Izzo the position prior to hiring Tom Thibodeau.

“Chicago made an offer to him,” Ferguson said, according to the report. “Tom didn’t run and say ‘[Chicago] made an offer, [so MSU] has to up the ante.’”

The Bulls have disputed this statement to ESPN.

A source within the Bulls organization told ESPNChicago.com’s Nick Friedell that the team did not make Izzo an offer; however, the source did acknowledge that the sides held discussions.

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