The question on every Chicago Bulls fans’ mind is when and if the Bulls decide to replace the head coach Jim Boylen. There has been much speculation surrounding the decision. Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times has said multiple times that the Bulls are moving on from Boylen and that Ime Udoka and Adrian Griffin are both in the running for the position.
And, Chicago Bulls beat writer, K.C Johnson, wrote recently about why the decision to keep Boylen is a smart approach by Arturas Karnisovas.
Well, now Marc Berman, who covers the New York Knicks for the New York Post, wrote that his sources have said that the Bulls expect to keep Boylen.
“The Knicks are the only team without a coach, and sources indicated the Bulls are expected to stand pat with Jim Boylen.”
Nobody will honestly know the decision. After the immediate firing of former general manager Gar Forman, Bulls fans expected quicker and decisive decisions for the other members of the organization. However, let’s not forget that there are multiple factors to weigh. The coronavirus delayed the NBA season’s return for several months, and now in July, exhibition games are just starting. The season has yet to be complete.
What if the Bulls are waiting for the right coach? Ime Udoka and Adrian Griffin are two assistant coaches rumored to be the front runners for the supposed head coaching vacancy. That’s not their priority at the moment. Their focus is on trying to win a championship for their organizations.
Also, we must remember that this is not the only decision the new front office is evaluating. It is an organizational rebuild that is being rebuilt from the ground up. It takes time to assess each department accurately. Karnisovas has started numerous times in multiple interviews that time is on their side. The extra time given allows him and the general manager, Marc Eversley, the necessary time to make thorough decisions on each problem. It is not one decision but multiple factors.
Finally, the fanbase has every right to be impatient and upset about the decision—this organizational rebuild needed to start a lot earlier. However, loyalty was more critical for ownership. As the days continue to pass, the organization’s decision to keep Boylen will upset fans, but patience is necessary during this process. Many writers and journalists have said not to expect many new additions to the roster for next season.
The focus would be for the 2021 offseason when the contacts of Otto Porter, Cristiano Felicio, are up, and the bulls have the cap space to land a big-name star. The Bulls have had trouble in the past, but now with a new management team that has said their focus is on creating and developing relationships with the players, it might be a whole different story when that day comes. The future is bright for this organization.