Chicago Bulls: Extending Jim Boylen dispenses massive mistake

Chicago Bulls Jim Boylen (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The rebuild needs better

Above all else, the pertinent point to the Bulls front office pulling the trigger to extend Boylen is the letdown for this locker room. If Boylen can build a relationship to help young and potential promising stars like shooting guard Zach LaVine, center Wendell Carter Jr. and power forward Lauri Markkanen develop, that is a fantastic factor.

However, Boylen didn’t get much going in terms of relationship building with the players in the locker room at the outset of his tenure as the interim head coach. Boylen had that infamous player holdout from practice and continued to put unusual pressure on this young group throughout the regular season.

A coach that would be more beneficial to a rebuild like the Bulls are in now would be a much better situation for this group of players to find themselves in. Instead, GarPax is going to keep around a head coach with an ancient scheme offensively and something that doesn’t induce positive results on the other end of the floor either.

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It’s difficult to imagine a player like Markkanen or LaVine develop a modern skill set in today’s NBA under the direction of a coach like Boylen. This could also be a difficult journey for the Bulls front office to bring over quality players through the trade and free agent markets with an apparently unpopular head coach like Boylen.