Jim Boylen on hot seat after several key players ripped him to new front office
Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen could end up getting fired since the franchise is under new control.
Per Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, new Bulls president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley have had detailed discussions with players and most of them have ripped Boylen.
As a result, it appears Karnisovas and Eversley are going to part ways with Boylen and hire their own coach to lead the organization moving forward:
Newly named head of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley have already had detailed discussions with players and retained personnel, however, and are getting enough of a mixed bag of feedback of what’s gone on the last year that they are leaning toward starting with a new coach of their choosing and moving on from Boylen once a decision on the season is made by the league, according to a source.
Even though Bulls COO Michael Reinsdorf likes Boylen — and we have no reason why he does — if Karnisovas and Eversley want Boylen gone, he’ll be fired.
The Bulls have gone 39-84 under Boylen since he took over for Fred Hoiberg during the 2018-19 season after Hoiberg was fired. There have been countless reports that have claimed players on the Bulls don’t enjoy playing for Boylen, most notably Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen.
Bulls fans are patiently waiting for Karnisovas and Eversley to fire Boylen and begin a firm coaching search. Boylen’s tenure with the Bulls has been nothing short of a disaster. He had a mutiny on his hands last season after trying to run a practice following back-to-back games and also got into a spat with LaVine this season for benching the high-flyer during a game against the Miami Heat in the first quarter.
While LaVine and Boylen had a meeting the next day to clear the air and the shooting guard went out and scored 49 points while hitting 13 3-pointers against the Charlotte Hornets, it is still widely assumed that LaVine is not a big fan of playing for Jimbo.