Some of the voices in the media are wanting the pressure to mount this offseason, and soon, on Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen.
The coaching situation that the Chicago Bulls find themselves in the midst of at this early point of the offseason is the focal point for the new-look front office regime. Current Bulls head coach Jim Boylen seemingly sits on one of the hotter seats in the NBA at this point in time.
And the media and fan base keep throwing around opinions and takes that mostly side with the front office parting ways with Boylen, and soon.
In an opinion piece released by Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times back over the weekend, he opened up on how he felt about the Bulls head coaching situation given all the other rumors at hand. He stated that “it’s time” for the Bulls to figure out what direction they want to proceed in for head coach heading into the fourth year of the rebuild.
Here’s what else this piece from Cowley of the Sun-Times had to say on the subject of what direction to proceed in for head coach.
There’s a fine line between due diligence and what looks like indecisiveness.
Arturas Karnisovas, the Bulls’ new executive vice president of basketball operations, is inching toward the latter.
Simply put, Karnisovas was a 41 percent three-point shooter in six seasons of international play, and it’s time for him to shoot or get off the pot when it comes to Bulls coach Jim Boylen.
Boylen is liked by Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, president and CEO Michael Reins-dorf and former VP John Paxson, who’s now an adviser. He has multiple years left on his contract and, according to multiple sources, feels like the job is still his moving forward.
Karnisovas, the former Nuggets general manager who was hired in April, was willing to put in the work to build a relationship with Boylen, evaluate his standing with players and make a well-thought-out decision.
Cowley frequently mentions how the former Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas needs to be more decisive with the moves he makes during the 2020 offseason. He seems to disagree with the approach that Karnisovas is taking with patience to his decisions with the roster construction and coaching staff.
Although with the NBA’s 22-team resumption plan, with games supposedly starting on July 31, at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL, the Bulls have plenty of time to figure this out. Unless other teams start scooping up top coaching candidates on the market right now, it does make sense for the Bulls to take their time with the coaching decision.
A commonly considered move, no matter what happens this offseason, is letting Boylen see the door at some point. It would not be a popular choice by Karnisovas and recently hired general manager Marc Eversley to keep Boylen around at least heading into the 2020-21 regular season.
They have all of this time to make an educated decision with a full fledged coaching candidate search. If other bad teams in the Eastern Conference like the New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers are able to take on successful coaching searches, the Bulls should be able to also.
Boylen rounded up with a record of 39-84 since he took over as interim head coach for the departed former head coach Fred Hoiberg early in the 2018-19 regular season. He led the Bulls to a record of 22-43 prior to the hiatus.