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Sunday, December 11th, 2016

BOYLAN NEVER HAD A CHANCE

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I think Jim Boylan can practice the power of positive thinking all he wants, but come the day after game 82, he’ll be looking for work.

“I think people are thinking I have no chance, and I don’t agree with that,” Boylan said Monday at the Berto Center. He characterized as “very positive” his conversations with general manager John Paxson.

“He has said it’s about how the team is developing, how the young guys are getting better,” Boylan said.

That’s the problem. His playing time across the board has been inconsistent, especially with young players. And here’s why:

GM John Paxson had said on several occasions that the Bulls “owe it to our fans” to make the playoffs. So Boylan had that mandate, as well as the task of developing young players and accommodating new personnel in Hughes and Gooden. He never had a chance.

Quick, think of an interim coach that survived to coach again the next year–and stay successful. Lawrence Frank? It rarely happens.

“I would think a fair evaluation would be that someone has a chance to have a training camp and get these guys organized and have some authority. It’s not the easiest job in the world when you’re the interim coach and things start to go in the opposite direction and then reel guys back in.”

He’s right. But he also won’t get that chance. A Chicago Sports poll asked readers if they think that Boylan should have his interim title removed and be named head coach or if the Bulls should find a new coach. When I wrote this, 95% think they should find a new one. Certainly not the determining factor, but it’s a factor. Believe that.

Boylan said, “I feel I’ve done a lot for this organization. … I’ve handled a lot of situations well.” Maybe John Paxson agrees. But I can’t really think of one from his brief tenure, nor does anything really positive stand out or shine. If anything there is more chaos than before Skiles left.

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