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Bulls’ Zach LaVine offers to pay Jim Boylen’s fine for ejection during Clippers game

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Jim Boylen’s tough love seems to be paying off after all. In the aftermath of the Chicago Bulls coach being ejected for arguing with Doc Rivers during his team’s loss to the LA Clippers on Friday, guard Zach LaVine offered to pay Boylen’s fine.

Per Malika Andrews of ESPN:

Hours after Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylen was ejected for arguing with LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Friday night, Zach LaVine contacted the Bulls’ front office and offered to pay Boylen’s fine, league sources told ESPN.

Jim Boylen and Doc Rivers made history during the third quarter of Friday’s game when both were sent packing simultaneously by referee Jason Phillips. Their heated discussion near mid-court stemmed from Boylen’s assessment that Clippers big man Montrezl Harrell was setting screens that were not only illegal, but also putting his players at risk.

Bulls guard Ryan Arcidiacono had previously left the game after taking a hard hit from Harrell in the first half.

Zach LaVine’s generous offer to pay Boylen’s fine is especially notable considering how the coach began his tenure in Chicago’s lead chair.

Less than a week after replacing Fred Hoiberg, Boylen scheduled a practice the day after the second game of a back-to-back. Bulls players protested and even though of not showing up for the session in a group text message. They ultimately decided to show up and hold a meeting instead to talk out their differences with Boylen.

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