Bulls coach Jim Boylen explains his offensive philosophy
In a recent interview with The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry, Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen opened up about his particular style of coaching. Specifically, the 53-year-old head honcho described the philosophy he possesses when it comes to the offensive aspect of the game:
“I like to play smart,” Boylen said. “Run when it’s appropriate, when we have numbers. I like to throw the ball ahead. I like my wings to run. I don’t like a lot of dribbles in transition. I like to throw it ahead and have guys attack. I like to run flow pick-and-rolls before the defense sets up.”
While Boylen does appear to have a masterful basketball mind, his tactics have come under some criticism, especially at the beginning of his tenure when he took over for Fred Hoiberg.
Nonetheless, Boylen believes his team has shown signs of improvements over the past few months. Take for instance Chicago’s conversion rate from deep, which has seen a constant rise as the season has progressed. Boylen explained why this is the case:
“Because I ask our guys to take open shots,” he stated. “I’d like it to keep rising. But I want us to take quality shots. I don’t mind a contested 3 from the corner. I haven’t pinpointed a number that is ideal for this team. What I’d like to do, though, is make good decisions for quality looks and have great discernment in our half-court offense.”
This is another lost season for a Bulls side that has, of late, gotten used to losing. But they might just have the right man for the coaching job in Jim Boylen.