Since Jim Boylen took over head coaching duties for the Chicago Bulls, he’s been often blamed the most for the team’s struggles. Based on the reality of NBA coaching, that should not be the case.
Jim Boylen is considered by many to be a “lame-duck” head coach. He’s often a punch-line for media-talking heads who want to poke fun of the way Chicago Bulls players interact with him during blowout losses; the puzzling, irritated look Zach LaVine among others give to a head coach who has made a habit of calling unnecessary timeouts with a minute left in games that have already been decided early, to teach his players a valuable lesson, when all they and everyone watching the game wants is to head out the exit doors.
By all accounts Boylen has not been a good fit for this Bulls organization. Then again, what coach has been considered a good fit under the “GarPax” Era? The front office tarnished Tom Thibodeau’s reputation by the end of his tenure with the Bulls. Same goes with Fred Hoiberg, Vinny Del Negro, and Scott Skiles. In short, it appears that no matter who is coaching the Bulls, sustainable success is going to be extremely hard to come by.