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The surprising phone call Zach LaVine made after Jim Boylen was fired by Bulls

Zach LaVine, Jim Boylen, Bulls

In a surprise turn of events, Chicago Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine says he called Jim Boylen after the Bulls fired Jimbo as head coach, per K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago.

This is interesting since LaVine and Boylen butted heads a lot on the Bulls.

Jim Boylen went 39-84 with the Bulls as head coach. He was fired on August 14, a move Chicago fans were ecstatic about.

The Bulls hired former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan as Boylen’s replacement. Zach LaVine, Chicago’s best player, has already been in contact with the former Florida Gator coach.

One of the best young scorers in the NBA, LaVine averaged 25.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for the Bulls in 2019-20 before the season was suspended in March due to COVID-19. The high-flyer, who has won two Slam Dunk contests, shot 45.0 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free-throw line in 60 games.

The Bulls have been a walking disaster since trading All-Star small forward Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night back in 2017. However, the franchise is headed in the right direction again after firing Boylen, general manager Gar Forman and hiring Donovan.

Of course, the only way the Bulls are going to make the playoffs again is if the players on the court play well. Coaching can only take you so far in the NBA, so LaVine and Co. have to produce at a high level in 2020-21 if the Chicago franchise wants to see postseason action again.

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