Bulls VP John Paxson says Jim Boylen’s job is safe, not worried about own job security
Chicago Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson says head coach Jim Boylen’s job is safe despite all of Chicago wanting Boylen to be fired.
Paxson also says he’s not worried about his own job security, via Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times:
When asked if Boylen was in trouble, Paxson responded, “No, no.”
According to Paxson, he’s also not going to dwell on his own job security.
“I never worry about that,” Paxson said. “I communicate with Jerry and Michael [Reinsdorf], and they know where my head is at, my heart is at, and what I’m trying to do. Look, that’s a what if, and I’m not working on a what if.”
The Bulls, after losing to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, are 9-18 on the season. They are in the 11th spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
Chicago fans desperately want owner Jerry Reinsdorf to fire Paxson, general manager Gar Forman and Boylen, but it likely won’t happen. Boylen is Paxson and Forman’s hiring and he will do anything they ask since he received an undeserved contract extension this past summer.
Boylen had a mutiny on his hands last season and he has already gotten into a little spat with shooting guard Zach LaVine after benching the high-flyer against the Miami Heat. LaVine responded to the benching with 49 points and a game-winning shot versus the Hornets, but it’s pretty clear Zach and Boylen have a ways to go before they are on the same page.
The Bulls were expected to compete for a playoff spot this season. Chicago is only three games out of a playoff spot, but that’s only because the back half of the Eastern Conference is so bad.