Bulls coach Jim Boylen liked that his players fought for one another
“That’s all we’ve been talking about is fighting for each other,” Boylen said, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. “We talk about being a pack of wolves, man. I thought we had some of that. I liked the look in our guys’ eyes when that happened. It bonded them a little bit.”
The hard-nosed coach referred to the skirmish that occurred between both squads during the third quarter. Bulls point guard and Thunder star Russell Westbrook initiated the fight with some shoving. Bulls center Robin Lopez and Thunder forward Jerami Grant then got into each other’s faces, and all hell broke loose. Lopez, Dunn, Westbrook, and Grant were all slapped with technical fouls for stirring the incident.
When Boylen was initially hired, he immediately changed the locker room atmosphere and challenged his players’ toughness. He certainly liked that his players did not back down from the fight despite getting blown out on the road.
Nonetheless, it seems like the young Bulls have responded to Boylen’s call. It certainly helps that the gritty and defensive-minded Dunn is back in the fold, and he’s not one to back down from anyone, even Westbrook.
This is all but a lost season for the Bulls, as they are currently one of the worst teams in the league at 7-24. But if they continue to keep fighting and scrapping, and adapt their coach’s tough-minded mentality, they certainly won’t be cakewalks for any team in the league.