Chicago Bulls royalty Doug Collins returns as the Senior Adviser of Basketball Operations for the Bulls. Collins is one of the pioneers of the Michael Jordan era. He was one of the first coaches to work with the greatest basketball player to ever live.

Doug Collins coached the Chicago Bulls for a short period of time before he was replaced by Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson. According to Paul Pierce on The Jump, Collins is one of the greatest basketball minds ever.

Doug Collins' NBA journey

Doug Collins played in the NBA for eight seasons. He was drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1973 NBA draft, he spent all his years with Philadelphia.

Collins is, also, a four-time All-Star who averaged 17.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game while shooting 50.1 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Collins has over 40 years of experience in the NBA; he served as an expert resource for front offices, coached, and even called games on the air.

At age 35, Doug Collins took over the job as head coach for the Chicago Bulls. He coached the Bulls for three seasons and led them to three straight playoff appearances and the Eastern Conference Finals in his final season as head coach.

In April of 1995, he was hired by the Detroit Pistons as their head coach. He spent another three seasons with the Pistons and led them to two straight playoff appearances in his first two years with the team.

He was then hired by the Washington Wizards to reunite him with Michael Jordan, but the plan failed to pan out. Collins then coached the Philadelphia 76ers from 2010 until 2013 but resigned in April of 2013.

Doug Collin's plans with the Chicago Bulls

Doug Collins pointed out that he has no intentions of going back to coaching.

He also said current Chicago Bull's head coach Fred Hoiberg can always lean on him.

The Chicago Bulls organization hopes that Collins' experience in the NBA would help them as they rebuild the once glamorous franchise. Collins will be under his former player and now the Executive Vice President for Basketball Operations John Paxson.

Both Paxson and Collins clarified that Collins' role for the team will only behind-the-scenes and will not be addressing the media on anything anytime soon.

As the Bulls try to recover from a few disappointing seasons in the past, bringing in Collins will surely help them as they move forward. Doug Collins' brilliant mind and experience will really help an organization that's looking to improve.