Nate Loenser Rumors
The Chicago Bulls have parted ways with assistant coaches Dean Cooper, Nate Loenser, Roy Rogers and Karen Stack Umlauf. “I would like to thank Dean, Nate, Roy and Karen for their contributions and dedication to our organization. Decisions like these are never easy, and I wish them well in the future,” said Executive Vice President – Basketball Operations Arturas Karnisovas. “I appreciate the time that I was able to spend with Dean, Nate, Roy and Karen. I really want to thank all of them for their service and commitment to the Chicago Bulls,” said Head Coach Billy Donovan. “This is the tough side to our business, and I wish all of them the best moving forward.”
Billy Donovan called multiple assistant coaches Monday morning and informed them they won’t serve on his first staff as Bulls coach, sources told NBC Sports Chicago. Gone — at least — are Roy Rogers, Dean Cooper and Nate Loenser, sources confirmed. The Bulls just picked up an option for the 2020-21 season on Loenser’s contract, and Rogers had just finished the first of a three-year deal. Ownership continues to give the green light to the new regime to make changes, no matter the cost.
The Bulls have picked up the option for the 2020-21 season on assistant coach Nate Loenser’s contract, sources told NBC Sports Chicago. Loenser is well-liked and well-respected by players as varied as Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and Spencer Dinwiddie, and has developed a strong reputation for player development.
KC Johnson: Arturas Karnisovas has picked up 2020-21 option on assistant coach Nate Loenser’s contract, per sources. Loenser, originally hired in 2015 by Fred Hoiberg as a video coordinator, is widely respected by players and also served as head coach of Windy City Bulls in 2016-17.
Nets.com: When it comes to that work experience in Brooklyn, how is the relationship and the experience playing for Kenny Atkinson? Spencer Dinwiddie: Without him, and my D League coach Nate Loenser as well, but without him saying it’s OK to make mistakes, go out there and play, this guy doesn’t happen. We’ve talked about the business of basketball, we’ve talked about Detroit, we’ve talked about not being drafted (in the first round). You have to come in, you have to do the little stuff, you have to pick up 94 feet, you have to not turn it all over, all that stuff. Being in a situation where they’re like, ‘Nah, go play. Go be dynamic. Whatever you see, go do it.’ This is the fruit of that kind of uncaging.