A few months into their 2020 offseason, the Chicago Bulls have not conducted much of a search to potentially replace head coach Jim Boylen.
At this point of the offseason, it was once figured that the Chicago Bulls were going to be in the midst of a full-on coaching search. Replacing the current Bulls head coach Jim Boylen seemed like a main task at hand that would stem from all of the front office changes that ownership made back in spring.
The constant conversation surrounding Boylen and his increasing job security (as it seems now with all of the recent reports) with the Bulls is one that is also increasingly frustrating to the fan base. The Bulls likely aren’t going to move the rebuild any further under the direction of this current coaching regime.
In all likelihood, former head coach Fred Hoiberg was better for this rebuild than Boylen is now. But the Bulls still parted ways with Hoiberg early in the 2018-19 regular season, which is what promoted Boylen to become the interim head coach.
Up to this point now, Boylen owns a career head coaching record with the Bulls of 39-84.
Not so good huh.
And Boylen finished up the 2019-20 season with the Bulls, prior to the novel coronavirus pandemic induced hiatus, with a record of 22-43. They were well outside the playoff picture once the season restarted at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL, with games starting last month.
This left Boylen’s job security as one of the most prominent storylines heading into the thick of the Bulls offseason. But while most fans likely thought the new look front office regime was at least going to explore the options that were out there, they haven’t done much more than that. Or they might not have even gone that far up until now.
Moreover, ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski gave his take on where this team was at pertaining to the Boylen situation in a piece published on Aug. 8. Apparently one big reason for the Bulls lack of a true coaching search up to this point is the fact that some of the more prominent options that are out there are still in the bubble playing in the midst of the restart.
Here’s more on what that piece had to say on the matter.
Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley are spending time evaluating and getting to know Boylen, and remain in no rush deciding on the coach’s future. They’re able to watch him in the gym with players, talk philosophy and learn about his staff.
Because several potential head-coaching candidates among the assistants’ poll are coaching in the bubble for the foreseeable future, there’s even less rush to open up a search process now.
If this storyline plays out to be true, and the Bulls still conduct a full on coaching search at some point this offseason, then it would still be worth the wait and the much-anticipated front office changes. But this is also a bit premature to get too excited about this Woj take.
Bulls fans have to be waiting for a coaching search to replace Boylen about more so than anything else the new front office could do this offseason. We’ll see if this storyline has any motion to it anytime soon.