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Bulls Hire Berry As Asst. Coach

August 10, 1999

CHICAGO (AP) _ Bill Berry, an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets during their two NBA championships, was hired Tuesday for the same position with the Chicago Bulls.

Berry, 57, fills one of the positions opened when assistant coaches Tex Winter and Frank Hamblen followed former Bulls coach Phil Jackson to the Los Angeles Lakers over the summer.

Bulls spokesman Tim Hallam said the team has no immediate plans to hire a second assistant coach. He declined to release the terms of Berry’s contract.

``We’re very happy to be able to get an outstanding, experienced coach with a tremendous basketball mind in Bill Berry,″ Bulls coach Tim Floyd said Tuesday. ``He has all the qualities we’ve been looking for.″

Before his eight seasons with the Rockets, Berry was an assistant coach and scout for the Sacramento Kings from 1989-91. His college coaching experience includes 10 years as head coach at San Jose State, two years as an assistant at Michigan State and five as an assistant at California.

``I feel this organization is headed in the right direction,″ Berry said. ``They have a plan, a purpose, and I’m excited to be teaming up with an already excellent coaching staff.″

Berry’s late son Ricky played for his father at San Jose State and later with the Kings.

The Bulls won the the NBA championship six times in the 1990s but slipped near the bottom of the league when Jackson quit, Michael Jordan retired and Scottie Pippen was traded. Role players such as Dennis Rodman, Luc Longley and Steve Kerr also left.

Jackson, who signed with the in June, was replaced by Floyd.

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