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Kendall Gill calls out Jay Williams for criticism of Georgetown's hiring of Patrick Ewing

Kendall Gill calls out Jay Williams for criticism of Georgetown's hiring of Patrick Ewing

Former Bull — and CSN analyst — Kendall Gill called out another former Bull on Wednesday, taking to social media to blast Jay Williams for the latter's criticism of Georgetown's recent hiring of Patrick Ewing as its new head coach.

Williams, who works as a college basketball analyst on ESPN, questioned whether Ewing, a Georgetown legend who's spent the past 15 years as an assistant in the NBA, would be able to successfully make the transition to the rigors of coaching — and more importantly recruiting — at the college level.

"Look, I love Patrick Ewing," Williams said in a Facebook video. "I think Patrick Ewing is a great human being. But to make him the head coach of Georgetown, I think that's a major problem. When you're an assistant coach at the NBA level, you do not have to grind like a head coach does 24/7. Will Patrick Ewing be able to hit the ground running? You need to recruit in the game of college basketball in order to make your program not just good, not just decent, but great.

"You know, (how) is he going to learn how to recruit? Is he going to be willing to jump on a plane after they lose a game and sit down with a 14-, 15-, 16-year-old kid to tell him he's going to be the next great at Georgetown? Is he going to be able to rejuvenate a culture? Is he going to be able to sit down and find that needle in a haystack, to find out how to get the top recruit to his school?"

Here are Williams' full comments:

My Take On The Patrick Ewing Hire

Patrick Ewing taking over Georgetown is not the right move. Who would have been your pick?

Posted by Jay Williams on Monday, April 3, 2017

Gill, an Illinois alum, didn't like that criticism, taking to Instagram to blast Williams for questioning the hiring Ewing, someone who has paid his dues at the NBA level but has never coached in college before.

Here's what Gill had to say on Instagram:

"Now you see why we don't look at this guy as part of our frat! He had a cup of coffee in the league and talks as if he were a 10-year vet. You don't talk about an all-time great like this! Patrick Ewing has paid his dues as an assistant in the NBA for many years. He deserves his opportunity. Especially at his alma mater, Georgetown. Even if this guy felt this way he should keep his mouth shut! You don't do that to a fraternity brother. We have a code! Obviously he never watched 'The Godfather!' 'Never tell anyone outside of the family what you're thinking!' Oops. I forgot. You're not part of the family! Show some respect dude!"

Gill joined the BullsTalk Podcast later Wednesday to further explain his comments. Hear what he had to say in the video above.

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A 'woke' Doug Collins returns to provoke thought — and we'll find out who's asleep in Bulls' front office

A 'woke' Doug Collins returns to provoke thought — and we'll find out who's asleep in Bulls' front office

Doug Collins made it clear, that his return to the Bulls organization won’t result in a return to the sidelines as head coach, meaning Fred Hoiberg has nothing to worry about in the way of looking over his shoulder.

What Collins did admit, though, is he’s back with the Bulls to provoke thought. Anyone who’s listened to Collins as a broadcaster for ESPN or Turner Sports, or talked to him in any basketball capacity, knows he’s not only a hoops lifer but also someone who can have strong opinions, capable of quick dissection of a complex picture in a moment’s notice.

“I’m not here to be a decision-maker. I want to provoke thought. My mind is very active,” Collins said Tuesday afternoon at the Advocate Center. “And I think to get into a room and to bounce ideas off each other or whatever, at the end of the day, Gar, Michael, Jerry, Pax will make those decisions. The beauty of it is is that when there’s a level of trust when you’re talking about things, you can speak openly and honestly with people knowing the only thing that matters is that whatever happens is the best for the franchise.”

Announcing Collins as a senior advisor to executive vice president John Paxson adds another voice to the Bulls’ braintrust and is probably an admission this rebuild will require more than what the Bulls already have, be it in terms of connections, observation and even innovation.

Collins’ connection to Paxson and Jerry Reinsdorf, a growing relationship with Michael Reinsdorf and ability to relate with Hoiberg due to the misery of coaching should align a front office to the floor in ways that has been in doubt for the past several seasons.

“Given Jerry's relationship and my relationship with Doug over the years, we thought, hey, let's see if maybe this isn't a good time for Doug to come back into the fold,” Paxson said. “So we approached him and it was very casual, no expectations other than he's been a friend of ours for so long. But the more we kind of dug into the prospects of this and what it means, the more we kept asking ourselves, why wouldn't we do this?”

Collins made it clear he won’t be giving up his family life, as he already has residence in Chicago and his son Chris is coaching Northwestern and a son-in-law coaching a high school team outside Philadelphia.

“The hours and the time commitment that Fred Hoiberg puts in on a day and the energy that he spends and being on the road and being away from his family,” Collins said. “(This) worked perfectly in my schedule when I talked to Pax that I could be a part of something special, the Chicago Bulls, and I love the Chicago Bulls.”

His energy and passion can light up a room, and though he tried his best to say that’s died down at age 66, claiming “I can sit and do a crossword puzzle for three hours now”, people wired like Collins don’t lose their fervor for the game.

“I think there’s this feeling that I’m a guy who’s always on and fired up,” Collins said.

But that fire and passion and presumably a willingness to be uncompromising with the truth should be something that’s welcome inside the Advocate Center. In addition to his acumen, one of Collins’ greatest strengths is his fervor, and it shouldn’t be scaled back.

That’s not how rebuilds work successfully. Lines have to be crossed and people have to be made uncomfortable in their line of thinking, even if it’s Paxson or Hoiberg or general manager Gar Forman.

It’s not hard to see the Bulls following the thinking of the Golden State Warriors when they added Jerry West in an advisory role years ago, resulting in several key moves being made, most notably West’s objection to Klay Thompson being traded to Minnesota for Kevin Love before Love was eventually moved to Cleveland.

West’s guidance played a part in the Warriors’ upward trajectory to championship status, and he hopes to have a similar affect with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Comparing West with Collins on its face is a bit unfair, considering West’s experience as an executive and championship pedigree dating back to his days with the Lakers.

At least with West, he’s not trying to convince anyone he isn’t anything but a tortured basketball soul at age 79. Collins reminded everyone he’s a grandfather of five and at a spry 66, West would call Collins a “spring chicken.”

What Collins can bring is a keen eye for observation, and expecting him to be a passive personality doesn’t quite seem right, especially leaving the cushy job at ESPN that allowed him maximum exposure and a schedule to his liking.

Perhaps the way Collins left the NBA, with a massive gambit in Philadelphia falling flat when Andrew Bynum’s knees rendered him useless and sending the 76ers franchise into “The Process,” left him with a bad taste in his mouth.

Maybe his competitive juices got him going again and the broadcast booth just wasn’t cutting it, along with having a front seat to the injury that changed the course of the Bulls franchise when Derrick Rose tore his ACL in 2012 against Collins’ 76ers.

Maybe the crossword puzzles just couldn’t get it done anymore. After all, the man once cried on the sidelines as his Detroit Pistons beat the Bulls in a regular-season game in 1997. Curbing that passion would be a disservice.

“See how things quickly change? The NBA is cyclical now,” Collins said. “Other than the San Antonio Spurs, over the last 20 years, every elite franchise has gone through this moment. And so now what you got to do, you got to dig yourself back up.

“We got to start doing all the things that are necessary to gain assets day by day, to put all the work, so we’re going to give ourself a chance, when we continue to get better players and more talent, that you’re going to win more basketball games.”

Collins said he has old-school values, all while being caught up with the times that he called himself “woke” as a nod to the current culture.

If he truly is, we’ll also find out who’s asleep in the front office, in desperate need a loud wake-up call.