Billy Schmidt Rumors
The Chicago Bulls have announced the hires of Maurice Cheeks, Josh Longstaff, John Bryant, Damian Cotter and Billy Schmidt as assistant coaches on Head Coach Billy Donovan’s staff. Additionally, Henry Domercant, Ronnie Burrell, Ty Abbott and Max Rothschild were brought on as player development coordinators.
Donovan and Karnisovas will collaborate to put together the rest of his assistant coaching staff. Some potential names to keep in mind include Mark Daigneault and Billy Schmidt, who worked with Donovan at the University of Florida and in Oklahoma City. Another Thunder coach who could be a candidate to join Donovan’s staff in Chicago is Dave Bliss. Outside of Oklahoma City, keep an eye on Royal Ivey, who’s currently under contract with the Knicks. Several teams have expressed interest in Ivey and believe New York would allow him out of his contract as SNY reported. “It’s a great spot,” one Western Conference coachtold HoopsHype. “I like their position. They’ve got to hit on that fourth pick, but you’ve got some talent at least.”
Erik Horne: The Thunder has announced its assistant coaches for the 2019-20 season: David Akinyooye, Dave Bliss, Mark Daigneault, Mike Wilks and Brian Keefe will join Vin Bhavnani, Maurice Cheeks and director of quality control Billy Schmidt.
Donovan will keep Oklahoma City assistant Mark Bryant and Darko Rajakovic on staff, and make former Alabama coach Anthony Grant his No. 3 assistant coach, league sources said. Another member of Donovan’s Florida staff, Billy Schmidt, could join Oklahoma City in a player development role, sources said. Donovan spent 19 seasons at the University of Florida, but has a strong network of NBA coaching relationships that are helping to construct his staff. Thunder management is playing a part in the process too.