Bulls news: Jim Boylen, staff 'have not discussed' a diminished role for Robin Lopez
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Bulls coach Jim Boylen, staff ‘have not discussed’ a diminished role for Robin Lopez

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The Chicago Bulls aren’t quitting on the season they still have in front of them.

Head coach Jim Boylen will continue to roll with Robin Lopez in the big man spot following the All-Star break, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune.

“We have not discussed a diminished role for (Robin Lopez) at all,” Jim Boylen said.  “RoLo is a big guy for the team and understands how we want to play. His screening is essential to making everyone better. His ability to screen and roll and catch the ball in the pocket makes us all better.”

Lopez, 30, found himself benched by management’s orders a year ago at this time, but now, it seems like he will look to continue to provide veteran leadership in Boylen’s offense.

Though Boylen has himself a few young cornerstones in Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and Lauri Markkanen, he appears yet undaunted by the tanking trends that conspire around the league.

“My marching orders are to continue to coach and develop and demand good basketball and better play and honor the things we’ve talked about — playing for ‘Bulls’ across their chest, competing at a high level, playing the right way,” Boylen said. “From my vantage point, I’m worried about us growing, and you grow when you have pressure put on you. You grow when you have something at stake. So I’m going to keep pushing these guys to grow as a team.

“As far as the other stuff, continue to build our culture of competitiveness and that the team is first and we care for each other and the franchise. We’ve got a young crew that needs to be held accountable and developed. And that’s what I’m going to do.”

The Bulls have won two out their last four games since acquiring Otto Porter Jr. via trade with the Washington Wizards.