Bulls bring back Collins as spe­cial ad­viser

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls are bring­ing back for­mer coach Doug Collins to help them re­build, this time as se­nior ad­viser of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions.

The team an­nounced Tues­day he will serve as “an ex­pert re­source” for the front of­fice and coach­ing staff and re­port di­rectly to ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions John Pax­son. A four-time All-Star for the Philadel­phia 76ers whose ca­reer was cut short due to in­juries, Collins coached Chicago from 1986 to 1989. He was fired af­ter los­ing to the Detroit Pis­tons in the Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nals and re­placed by Phil Jack­son. With Michael Jor­dan and Scot­tie Pip­pen lead­ing the way and Jack­son on the side­line, the Bulls won six championsh­ips in the 1990s.

Pax­son tried to hire Collins as coach in 2008. But Collins with­drew from con­sid­er­a­tion and the Bulls ul­ti­mately set­tled on Vinny Del Ne­gro.

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