Jim Boylen reacts to Bulls’ sweeping front-office moves
Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen reacted to the recent wave of front-office moves, starting with the hiring of new executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas.
Karnisovas is already moving swiftly, first promising the hire of a minority general manager, then hiring an assistant general manager in J.J. Polk. The Bulls made moves again on Monday, cutting ties with general manager Gar Forman and re-assigning former VP John Paxson to senior advisor duties.
Boylen’s job is once again on the hot seat now that Karnisovas is in charge, a change that could lead to some bumps on the sidelines. Shortly after the Bulls announced the end of the #GarPax era, Boylen welcomed his new boss.
“I want to welcome Arturas to the Chicago Bulls. He has a wealth of experience as a player and executive, and a strong reputation within the basketball community,” said Boylen in a statement. “I commend Jerry and Michael for bringing Arturas on board.”
“I am thankful for the support that John and Gar provided me and my staff when I became our head coach. Their commitment and belief in our team played a key role in helping me establish a foundation for how I wanted to coach our team. I cannot overstate how much I appreciate that. I wish them and their families nothing but the best.”
Boylen could very well be playing this close to the vest after reports that he fears for his job now that there’s new leadership in charge. The Bulls have won only 22 games in this halted season, plenty short of where they expected to be at the start of 2019-20.
Karnisovas revealed he doesn’t have a timeline for making a decision on Boylen. Hiring a new general manager to replace Forman is the next step.