Today it was reported that the Chicago Bulls and head coach Jim Boylen have agreed to a new contract. The years of this deal were not specified at this time, but it did come as a shock to many Bulls fans.
Jim Boylen took over the reins last year after the dismissal of former head coach, Fred Hoiberg. As soon as he took over, he gained the reputation of a coach that works his players into the ground. Sound familiar? I’m looking at you, Thibs.
Jim was met with scrutiny and almost a revolt by his players for having countless practices go over three hours long. Things did start to calm as the season went on and Jim didn’t have a full chance to shine because of all the injuries the Bulls dealt with.
One thing is certain in all of this: John Paxson seems to be a huge fan of Boylen. Paxson has a similar nitty-gritty style. One thing that just doesn’t make sense to me is the reasoning. The Bulls front office isn’t sure what Jim is capable of with a fully healthy roster, so why pull the trigger and extend him now?
Wouldn’t the franchise be better suited to see what he can do first? Maybe see if his slowed down pace can be effective in today’s run and gun NBA? Questions. All I have is questions. Before I fly off the deep end, I’m going to give this guy a shot. I cannot fully judge the man until I can see what he can do with a fully healthy roster.
However, I can be upset about the premature contract extension. The Bulls better hope that whatever they see in Boylen translates onto the court. If it doesn’t, Bulls fans are going to be even more outraged than they are now.
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