Billy Donovan said he was excited to take over the Chicago Bulls' job due to the franchise's iconic place within basketball.
"The history. The organization. What the Bulls have meant to the game of basketball and to basketball worldwide. I mean, it's an iconic franchise, and certainly to be a part of trying to help build it back up was certainly very, very appealing and exciting, said Donovan, who was introduced on Thursday.
Donovan signed a four-year deal worth over $24 million.
Donovan is unable to join the Bulls during their voluntary workouts due to protocols surrounding COVID-19.
Arturas Karnisovas said he sold Donovan on his vision for the team.
"Beside the fact of what he was saying in our meetings, his record speaks for itself. So he didn't have to prove it to us that he's capable of building a program to make it successful. I think just looking at his résumé you can say that so it was more about us selling our vision," said Karnisovas.