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Bulls’ new GM says ‘goal’ is to win a championship

Bulls, Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Jim Boylen

One of Arturas Karnisovas’ first moves in charge of the Chicago Bulls was hiring former Philadelphia 76ers exec Marc Eversley as general manager. On Friday, Eversley spoke out on the organization’s primary goal to win the chip.

“Everything starts and ends with winning,” Eversley said, via NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson. “Our mindset will be about excellence day in and day out. Bulls fans, hear me when I say our ultimate goal is to bring a championship back to the city of Chicago.”

If the goal is to win an NBA championship, then the new Bulls GM is going to be questioned sharply about the status of incumbent head coach Jim Boylen, who was brought on after the failed Fred Hoiberg experiment. Eversley delayed a decision on Boylen’s status on the sidelines, saying that they will use the current coronavirus-forced NBA hiatus to evaluate the position.

Boylen has led the Bulls to a 39-84 record in nearly two seasons in charge of the Windy City franchise, all while facing issues with players who raised concerns about his tough attitude and old-school practice sessions. So far it has not yielded results, and following his former bosses’ ousting, Boylen could be facing unemployment with Karnisovas and Eversley taking the reins of the organization.

The Bulls were the seventh-worst team in the NBA during the 2019-20 season when the league suspended operations on March 12. Friday also saw the league postpone two key dates in the draft lottery and combine, which could be good news in restarting the season or just delaying the inevitable of canceling the rest of the 2019-20 campaign and playoffs.