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Bulls fire head coach Jim Boylen

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The Chicago Bulls have fired their head coach Jim Boylen, according to the team.

Boylen mustered a 39-84 record during his year-and-a-half as coach of the Bulls, taking over the team after former coach Fred Hoiberg was dismissed in late 2018.

Bulls vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas will start a search for his replacement immeidately. Denver Nuggets assistant coach Wes Unseld, Jr., former Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson; Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin and Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham are among those under consideration.

Boylen’s exit has been brewing since Karnisovas was hired to inject new life into a front office that was stale and directionless. The former Nuggets executive vowed to be diligent and talk to people before making a decision on the matter.

Months passed by and it looked like Boylen might just have a new leash on life, but Karnisovas ended up pulling the plug right as the NBA rolls into its regular season finale.

The Bulls were part of the “Delete Eight” teams cut from an appearance at Walt Disney World in Orlando, where 22 teams battled for seeding and a spot in the playoffs.

Firing Boylen can give Karnisovas and his new front office a chance to start with a clean slate and make this regime his own by bringing in a coach of his own choosing that fits his vision.

Boylen had been criticized for his long, arduous practices, and a confusing system that yielded little results for the Bulls. Now that he’s been relieved of his duties, the Bulls can look for a candidate that fits a new vision and try to turn it around after a 22-43 season.