Bulls players pushing back on Boylen 3 games in

ESPN

Bulls players are pushing back on Jim Boylen's aggressive coaching style just three games into his tenure as head coach.

After suffering the worst loss in franchise history on Saturday night, Zach LaVine and Justin Holiday led a two-hour, players-only meeting in lieu of the practice Boylen had planned for the team on Sunday.

After the players met, Boylen and his coaching staff joined them for another meeting that rookie Wendell Carter Jr., said was the players coming to coaches "as men and [talking] to them about how we felt."

Boylen pushed back on the players' insistence that they had initiated a meeting.

"Our meeting is what I thought we needed," Boylen said.

"We were very, very honest with one another; very direct," Carter said.

In contrast to his predecessor Fred Hoiberg, Boylen has shown himself to be demonstrative, edgy and unafraid of confrontation. The dynamic between Hoiberg and Boylen had been good cop/bad cop.

#basketball, #professional

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