Chicago Bulls: Extending Jim Boylen dispenses massive mistake

Chicago Bulls Jim Boylen (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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What he did in 2018-19

The Bulls jumped ship on the idea of letting Hoiberg get his scheme and style down in the Windy City less than 25 games into the 2018-19 regular season. Granted, Hoiberg did start out the season with a 5-19 record. It seemed like the front office never wanted to give Hoiberg much of a shot to succeed last year.

Yet, when the Bulls brought in Boylen, the results were not much better. For most of Boylen’s tenure as the interim head coach for the Bulls, the play dramatically slowed down and this team posted one of the league’s lowest offensive ratings. This could be some difficult basketball to watch next season and beyond.

The idea that Bulls fans could fall back on in terms of what Boylen brought to the table for the Bulls was what he was able to do during the month of February. That was a special run for this team, but could also be a fluke when we see this starting five when it’s completely healthy and ready to go next season.

Boylen led the Bulls to finish the 2018-19 campaign with a record of 22-60. It is also a mystery why the Bulls didn’t try to tank completely and get the best odds to land the Duke sensation Zion Williamson with the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Or, at least tanking more would’ve put the Bulls in a position to have better odds to get the top pick in this year’s draft lottery.