Chicago Bulls do not I was on the same page Since the start of the season, fingers have been pointing at Billy Donovan.
Shams Al-Shaaraniyyah fueled the athlete Fans criticized Tuesday with a report on the current coach’s whereabouts in the locker room. According to NBA Insider, players began questioning him and his teammates as the losses piled up:
In Billy Donovan’s third season in charge, there were also growing skepticism within the locker room about the head coach and coaching staff. For Donovan, the challenge of improving DeRozan and LaVine together through a balance of execution, accountability, and collaboration looms large. Donovan’s job is currently safe, however, as the athlete It reported that he signed a multi-year contract extension before the start of this season.
First things first, this can be one of the strongest indicators that a team is entering a point of no return. Once a head coach loses a locker room, it becomes virtually impossible to get that kit back. Now, do I think Donovan has completely missed out on this list yet? No, but I think things are pretty much hanging by a thread.
With that in mind, it’s even more disappointing that the front office handed Donovan a secret contract extension this offseason. While I don’t necessarily think this was the worst front office move, it would certainly make the list of blunders if the team had to derail this season.
I want to stress that I don’t think Donovan is the biggest problem with this organization. What I believe is that this front office has built a fragile and faulty roster that will not be a long term success. None of that means Donovan is blameless, but you can only play the cards you’ve been dealt. And I think most of us would agree that Donovan is holding a crazy hand.
Ultimately, I think that’s why his job remains secure. Contract extension certainly plays a role in that, but I think this organization also knows that this is more about personnel issues and less about the coaching staff. Given Donovan — who has led a team to the playoffs in every NBA season except one — a more cohesive roster might be worth it.
However, the big question is how much of a locker room change would it take for this list to fall in his favour? Is his relationship with the star talent in danger of unraveling, or will he jump back on board with a revamped supporting cast?
I’m more interested in Donovan’s current relationship with Zack Lavigne. We all know the two hit it off earlier this season when Donovan punched LaVine in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Orlando Magic. Add in all the extra loss, and it’s not hard to imagine the maximum player and head coach still struggling to see eye to eye. Not to mention, LaVine is one of the players who spoke on the record to The Athletic about their recent story, suggesting that he could have been the one sharing the notion of “growing suspicions” about his head coach.
Speaking of which, Charania has a lot to say about Lavigne in his lengthy write-up. For more of our thoughts on that, be sure to check out the post below: