After his second season with the team, the Chicago Bulls have fired head coach Jimmy Boylen according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Bulls have fired coach Jim Boylen
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 14, 2020
In his two seasons as head coach Boylen posted 39-84 record. Showing little improvement from year one into year two.
Many of the Chicago Bulls players have publicly commented about how much they dislike Boylen. One of the major headlines during the season was the mid-game dispute between Boylen and Bulls star player Zach Lavine because of the obvious lack of trust Boylen had with his star player. Lavine reminded Boylen “I have forty [expletive] points”. Rookie Big man Daniel Gafford was asked about Boylen on a twitch stream being asked if he likes Boylen. He responded with “”He’s alright, I’m not gonna lie, but he’s ok…Is Boylen perfect? Well no, but who is?…He’s got some things he can work on,” “Got some things he could get better at… But I’m not gonna hate on him, not gonna hate the man.” That is not the confidence that a young player should have in their head coach.
Already this offseason the Bulls have brought in Arturas Karnisovas as their Executive VP of Basketball Operations earlier this year. Boylen’s job was in his hands and he felt it would be better to go in another direction.
The Bulls have some potential options out of house to replace Boylen. However two names to keep an eye on are top assistants Roy Rogers and Chris Fleming who were Boylen’s assistants that could take over the head coaching job for the team. Fleming is considered a potential head coaching candidate for other coaching voids around the league.