After firing Fred Hoiberg due to to the Chicago Bulls’ poor start to the season amid a supposed lack of spirit, the team promoted associate head coach Jim Boylen, a Gregg Popovich disciple.
Lauri Markkanen, Bobby Portis and Kris Dunn have all suffered injuries this season. Even with Zach LaVine’s breakout season, these injuries have made it difficult for the Bulls to be competitive on a nightly basis. Hoiberg even gave LaVine freedom to play as he wished offensively. Boylen was promoted to create a more disciplined culture.
After some weekend drama, Boylen told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
“My job is to push players out of their comfort zone. That’s what the Reinsdorfs are paying me for.”
Jim Boylen is under contract through the 2019 season, and Chicago’s front office has made it clear that he’s there to stay.