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Report: Bulls request permission to interview head coaching candidates

Kenny Atkinson, Ime Udoka headline list of potential hires for Bulls open head coaching spot.

Head coach Kenny Atkinson of the Brooklyn Nets reacts in the first half of the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on March 3, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

The Chicago Bulls requested permission to interview a handful of candidates for their vacant head coaching position, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday. That list includes Sixers assistant Ime Udoka, Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr., and Heat assistant Dan Craig.

The Bulls are also talking to former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, although permission to interview him was not necessary. Dallas Mavericks assistants Jamahl Mosley and Stephen Silas are also on the list of requests. Minnesota associate coach David Vanterpool was also requested. So the list is getting pretty lengthy, which is good to see after how volatile the job has been over the years, not including Tom Thibodeau’s successful stint.

Atkinson would make the most sense from an experience standpoint. He has a great reputation for developing young talent and the Bulls have plenty of it in Zach LaVine, Coby White, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. The candidate that is the most intriguing is Udoka, who has gotten a lot of buzz among head coaching vacancies. Either way, it looks like Arturas Karnisovas is doing his due diligence and will ultimately pick the best candidate for the job.