John Paxson says Jim Boylen’s new system is the reason for Bulls’ slow start
Chicago Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson takes responsibility for the team’s poor start to the season. However, when asked for specific reasons why the team is struggling, the 59-year-old exec points out to the team not adjusting quickly to Jim Boylen’s new system.
Paxson sat down with a lengthy interview with K.C Johnson of NBC Sports, Chicago and detailed where the Bulls are currently. While the team has enjoyed some highlights, they are still ways to go for contention with a 9-18 record.
“If I have to point to reasons why, first I assume responsibility for the organization always. And I own where we’re at. The thing that I probably didn’t anticipate was that Jim put in a new system. We hired two new assistant coaches who have had their input with Jim. Especially on the offensive side of the ball, I thought it would carry over more quickly than it has,” Paxson explained.
The Bulls entered the 2019-20 season with playoff expectations, but those hopes quickly dissipated when the team started 1-4 in their first five games of the season. It hasn’t been good for them since then, as their season has been marred with inconsistent performances from Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Coby White.
Paxson, Boylen and the Bulls still aspire to compete for the playoffs, but their chances of achieving that goal aren’t that high. It doesn’t help them that Otto Porter Jr. remains sidelined with a foot injury.
However, what Paxson can be thankful for is that his Bulls isn’t as bad as the Golden State Warriors (though one could argue that the future of Steve Kerr’s team looks brighter).