Chicago Bulls hire Lindsey Hunter as Player Development AssistantPosted by Inside Hoops
The Chicago Bulls announced today that Lindsey Hunter has been hired as a Player Development Assistant.
“During his time with the Bulls, Lindsey has been very valuable to our team in a number of ways,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “With his experience and knowledge of the game, along with the relationships that he has built with our players, I have no doubt he will be an asset to the team.”
Hunter, 39, assumes his new role following a 17-year career in the NBA. Over his professional career, he played in 937 games (438 starts) and averaged 8.5 ppg, 2.7 apg, 2.2 rpg and 1.20 spg in 24.8 mpg. During that time, he recorded career shooting averages of .388 from the field, .360 from downtown and .746 from the line. Hunter was also a member of 12 playoff teams, appearing in 129 NBA playoff games (13 starts), where he averaged 3.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.2 apg and 13.8 mpg en route to two NBA Championships (2002 Los Angeles Lakers and 2004 Detroit Pistons).
“This move is a natural progression for me. Not only will it help our team in the short term, but I hope that it will reap rewards over the long term as well,” said Hunter. “I am pleased to remain a member of the Bulls organization.”
Hunter signed with Chicago as a free agent on Nov. 13, 2008. During his one-plus seasons with the Bulls, he played in 41 games and posted 2.1 ppg and 1.1 apg in 9.4 mpg. The Utica, Miss. native also played with the Pistons (1993-2000, 2003-08), the Milwaukee Bucks (2000-01), the Lakers (2001-02) and the Toronto Raptors (2002-03). Originally selected by the Pistons in the first round (10th overall) of the 1993 NBA Draft out of Jackson State, Hunter earned NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors in 1994.
InsideHoops.com says: Nice move! And expected. Though, ideally it would have happened 2-3 years ago, instead of Hunter wasting an NBA roster spot. Anyway, he’ll be good at this.