On the last day of the regular season, the Chicago Bulls pull the trigger and fire Head Coach Jim Boylen. After 2 seasons, The Vice President of Basketball Operations Arturas Karnisovas announced Friday.
Boylen went 39-84 with zero play off appearances since being hired December 2018. This is the 2nd lowest win percentage in history.
“After doing a comprehensive evaluation and giving the process the time it deserved, I ultimately decided that a fresh approach and evolution in leadership was necessary,” Karnisovas said in a statement. “This was a very difficult decision, but it is time for our franchise to take that next step as we move in a new direction and era of Chicago Bulls basketball. Jim is a great human being that cares deeply about this organization and the game of basketball. I want to thank him for his professionalism and commitment to the franchise.”
“Officially the last day of the regular season is today so I thought the timing was right, right now going into the lottery and the draft process and it’s an official offseason for us so we thought that it was good timing,” Karnisovas said. “In terms of what we’re going to be looking for, we’re going to continuing focusing on player development, an emphasis on player development, someone who puts the relationship with players first and is a good communicator. There are a lot of factors going on in terms of criteria that we’re looking for in a coach but again, those are the main ones and we will start the search immediately.”
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