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NBA players do not want to play for Tom Thibodeau, Jim Boylen

Tom Thibodeau, Jim Boylen

NBA players do not want to play for Tom Thibodeau and Jim Boylen if they had a choice, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.

Thibodeau was fired by the Minnesota Timberwolves this season in January. He has a bad tendency to play his players a lot of minutes and overwork them in practice.

Boylen took over for Fred Hoiberg in December after the Chicago Bulls fired the now Nebraska coach. Boylen got off to a rough start in Chicago after he tried to run a practice following a back-to-back.

Which coach, aside from your own, would you not want to play for? (52 votes)

  1. Tom Thibodeau (34.6%)
  2. Jim Boylen (21.1%)
  3. Igor Kokoskov (11.5%)
  4. Nate McMillan (5.7%)
  5. Stan Van Gundy (4.8%)
  6. Gregg Popovich (3.8%)
  7. Lloyd Pierce, Quin Snyder, Erik Spoelstra, Rick Carlisle, Nick Nurse, Alvin Gentry, Luke Walton, Steve Clifford, Scott Skiles (2%)
  8. Jeff Van Gundy (1%)

“(Thibodeau) plays his guys so many minutes,” one player said. “They’re playing like 40 fucking minutes a game in the regular season – like, why? I don’t think that’s how you’re supposed to coach.”

Tom Thibodeau is no doubt a brilliant defensive mind, but he’s too old school for these new players. No players is trying to play 35-40 minutes a game. Just ask Jimmy Butler.

Jim Boylen has improved his rapport with the Bulls after his sour start, but it appears players around the league still remember that infamous practice from December when Boylen made Chicago players run suicides like they were back in high school.