Chicago Bulls: Jim Boylen extension opposition continues

Chicago Bulls Jim Boylen (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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What happened this season

The Chicago Bulls were once again one of the NBA’s worst teams. The Eastern Conference standings look to be forming a set place at the basement for the Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, and New York Knicks. If the Bulls are to get a healthier starting five and better play at of the backcourt next season, this team could contend for a playoff spot in the East.

What was so frustrating about this regular season for the Bulls was the seeming lack of direction. Jim Boylen was brought in as what looked to be a placeholder for the Bulls to hopefully conduct a full coaching search. Hoiberg landing with the Nebraska basketball program gave the Bulls some extra money to use to conduct a bigger coaching search too.

The fact that the Bulls are looking to give a contract extension for this long to Boylen is the frustrating part for the fan base. But, Boylen was part of the contributing factor that led to the Bulls disappointing 22-60 record this past season. If the Bulls were going to tank this season, they should’ve put more into the efforts in the latter part of the regular season.

Boylen did look to form a better bond with rising star shooting guard Zach LaVine and center Robin Lopez this past season. LaVine will be a key piece of the Bulls rebuild moving forward, but Lopez might not be around next season. It’s about appealing to the trio that is center Wendell Carter Jr., power forward Lauri Markkanen, and LaVine for the next few years.