At the conclusion of a rough 2019-20 regular season for the Chicago Bulls, head coach Jim Boylen has yet to receive the fate he should’ve a few months ago.
At this point, the entire Chicago Bulls team is likely growing impatient with all of the turmoil and static communication coming from upstairs entering the thick of their 2020 offseason. A lot of the turmoil and discussion surrounding the Bulls right now involves the potential hot seat of head coach Jim Boylen. As one of the least popular head coaches, and least successful in terms of record, over the last year and a half, Boylen’s job security did come under fire in the media and from fans since the end of the 2019-20 regular season.
And with good reason.
Boylen guided the Bulls to a record of just 39-84 since taking over as the interim for former head coach Fred Hoiberg in the midst of the 2018-19 regular season. He helped the Bulls finish up with a record of 22-43 this season, prior to the novel coronavirus pandemic-induced hiatus.
They were well outside of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference, so the team didn’t get to participate in the NBA’s restart plan at Disney World in Orlando, FL. The Bulls are in a really difficult spot entering the thick of their 2020 offseason.
However, the player’s opinions of where the standing of this team is heading into the thick of the 2020 offseason keeps spilling out into the media. And the common opinion of the team at this point in time from the locker room appears to be pretty poor.
The latest opinion to appears somewhere in the media concerning Boylen from a Bulls player came from the Czech combo guard Tomas Satoransky. In a tweet that surfaced on the morning of Aug. 4, a quote from a Satoransky interview on the “Czech radio station Expres FM” came about giving an interesting take of his on his head coach.
The key part of the quote from Sato on Boylen was that the “season wasn’t a successful one and unfortunately that’s the only thing the fans see”. He did take it pretty easy on Boylen with this quote, and Sato has never been the most outspoken player from his run with the Bulls thus far or with the Washington Wizards.
But this also shows the key point that the Bulls need to do better and the entire locker room knows it. That should likely start with the new look front office regime finding a more competent head coaching option than Boylen.
While Sato won’t say it in the most frank of ways, like rookie big man Daniel Gafford stated earlier in the offseason on a Twitch live stream, the context was here that he wants this team to do better heading into the 2020-21 season.
Newly hired executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley need to find the next answer for the franchise’s head coach beyond Boylen. But the rumor mill is already churning that Boylen could be back in the same position with the Bulls for the 2020-21 season.