Bills fire Jim Boylen after 123 games

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Chicago Bulls fired head coach Jim Boylen on Friday. He completed parts of two seasons with the franchise. 

He was the Bulls head coach for a combined 123 games. Boylen took over with 58 games left during the 2018-19 season following the team’s departure of Fred Hoiberg. 

Former Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen prepares for a timeout against the New York Knicks
Jim Boylen prepares for a timeout against the New York Knicks (Photo by the Associated Press/Mark Lennihan)

Hoiberg was let go following a 5-19 start to the 2018-19 season. After taking over, Boylen went 17-41 for a .293 win percentage. 

This past season, Boylen guided the Bulls to a 22-43 record. The team also missed the playoffs after 65 games after the coronavirus pandemic shut down the season in March. 

He was just 39-84 as the Bulls head coach. A national search has begun immediately. 

“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,” Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Artūras Karnišovas said. “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.”

The Bulls finished the season as the 11th best team in the Eastern Conference. Only the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, and the Cleveland Cavaliers had worse records than the Bulls.

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