A pair of successful college basketball coaches will be pacing the NBA sidelines next season as the Oklahoma City Thunder have hired Billy Donovan away from Florida and the Chicago Bulls have recently handed the reigns of their team to Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg.
With Donovan and Hoiberg’s hirings, however, it means that two successful NBA coaches find themselves out of work in the latest episode of “What have you done for me lately?” Donovan takes over for Scott Brooks and Hoiberg replaces Tom Thibodeau.
Brooks replaced P.J. Carlesimo as the Thunder’s coach during the 2008-09 season. He was selected as the league’s Coach of the Year the following season and made the playoffs in five of his six seasons. He coached the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012.
Thibodeau coached the Bulls for five seasons, making the playoffs in each year. He was the NBA’s Coach of the Year in 2010-11 and led the Bulls to 45 or more wins each year, topping out at 62 wins.