By Nick Wilder
Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has promoted assistant coach Adrian Griffin to lead assistant, according to CSNNW.
The decision comes about two months after the Bulls declined to renew the contract of former lead assistant coach Ron Adams. It was a somewhat surprising move made by general manager Gar Forman, given Adams’ credentials and reputation around the NBA. Adams also had a very strong relationship with Thibodeau and Derrick Rose. This prompted reports that there was a rift between Forman and Thibodeau, which the general manager later downplayed.
Griffin also interviewed for the head coaching position with the Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, and Phoenix Suns this offseason. The former Bulls player, who had two separate stints with the team from 2004-05 and 2006-08, was expected to be promoted once the position opened up earlier this summer.
His coaching experience includes the past three seasons under Thibodeau and before that, two seasons as an assistant in Milwaukee under Scott Skiles.