The Chicago Bulls last had a playoff appearance in 2017. Since then it has been three embarrassing seasons on the trot. The most wins they have had is 27 back in 2018. After firing Fred Hoiberg midway through 2018, they hired Jim Boylen to take over. But just like with Hoiberg, players are unsatisfied under Boylen and have publically expressed this too.
Back in February, Zach LaVine couldn’t hide his frustration for Boylen on the court. Being down four points and less than 20 seconds to go, Boylen wanted to bench him. But LaVine yelled, “I have f—ing 40 points,” and was eager to fight for a win. Seconds later, he drilled a three-point from the logo.
And now a few days back, trade rumors regarding him arose. But to Bulls’ fans relief, LaVine has cleared it up that he hasn’t asked for a trade.
He has been the star of the Bulls after Jimmy Butler and he has at least two more years with the Bulls. The league source told Robinson that “He’s (LaVine) being respectful to the new GM and new President.” This means we won’t see LaVine force his way out unless the Bulls decide to keep Boylen at the helm for longer. And the league source says the Bulls don’t want to make him unhappy. “At this point, the Bulls would want to do whatever they need to do to make him comfortable.”
LaVine isn’t the only player to let his emotions against Boylen be out in the public. During an event earlier this year, a fan in the crowd yelled “Fire Boylen” and Wendell Carter Jr couldn’t control his laughter.
The Bulls have a promising unit and due to yet another poor performance this year, they’ll be adding one more high-ranked prospect to the roster. The onus is now on the Bulls hierarchy to motivate the players by adding fresh blood to the coaching department. They have to choose between satisfying one coach or all their players.
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