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Bulls giving big new job to Billy Donovan’s son

Billy Donovan in a suit

Feb 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan looks on during the first half at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls can’t get enough of the Donovan clan.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Wednesday that the Bulls are hiring Billy Donovan III as head coach of their G League team, the Windy City Bulls. Donovan III is the son of current Bulls head coach Billy Donovan.

A former walk-on for his father at the University of Florida, Donovan III, 32, served as the head coach for St. Francis Catholic Academy, a high school in Gainesville, Fla., from 2016-17. He then went on to become an assistant for the Austin Spurs, G League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs, in 2017.

Donovan III has not had any listed coaching experience ever since then. But his father has served as the head coach of the Bulls since 2020. Chicago has been reshuffling the deck this offseason, adding a few new assistant coaches. Now they will have a Billy Donovan coaching both their NBA team and their G League team.


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