Doug Collins has been hired as a Senior Advisor of Basketball Operations for the Chicago Bulls.
Collins, along with his more than 40 years of NBA experience, will serve as a proficient resource for both the front office and coaching staff.
“Doug will be great in this capacity for our organization. The position of ‘senior advisor’ has proven to work well around the NBA in recent years, and I am confident the same will hold true with the Bulls,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, Chairman for the Chicago Bulls. “He is especially qualified to assist our leadership in rebuilding the Bulls.”
Collins, in his new position, will now report to John Paxson, the Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.
“I am looking forward to getting started and helping everyone,” explained Collins. “To be able to stay involved in the NBA and work with John, Gar, Fres 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’ exceptional collegiate career at Illinois State led to the Philadelphia 76ers selecting him with the first overall pick in the 1973 NBA Draft. After eight seasons with the Sixers and becoming a four-time NBA All-Star, Collins’ career ended due to injuries. Collins spent three seasons as head coach for the Bulls before heading to coach with the Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and 76ers.
Also excited to have Collins back is John Paxson. “We are pleased to have Doug return to the Bulls and have him join our front office. As our organization transitions into this next phase, we feel like Doug will bring valuable perspective with his vast knowledge of the NBA and the game of basketball.” Paxson continued, “His enthusiasm and expertise make this a great fit for the Bulls. As an advisor, he will regularly contribute observations, insights, and suggestions, and he will be part of conversations throughout this building.”
Collins will be applying his passion and expertise to build up the team.