HoopsHype Jim Boylan rumors

April 13, 2013 Updates

The Bucks' 8-3 start under interim coach Jim Boylan is a distant memory. In the wake of our Weekend Dime spin on the coaching carousel, I've only heard stronger rumblings that Boylan has little-to-no shot of retaining the job beyond the playoffs given Milwaukee's 5-12 slide entering the weekend and the increasingly unresponsive play from his team approaching the first-round buzzsaw that is Miami. ESPN.com

One major change that happened mid-season was the mutual decision between the team and head coach Scott Skiles that he would relinquish his duties as coach. The Bucks were 16-16 and riding a four-game losing streak when Jim Boylan took over. “Jim’s done a nice job with the team and I think we’re all seeing these situations that have occurred,” Hammond said. “It’s not a rarity in the NBA to have something like this happen. It’s not normalcy, but it’s not rarity by any stretch, so it happens. Most of the times when these sort of things happen, the situation goes south and goes south very quickly, but Jim has done a great job of working with our guys and communicating with our guys and motivating them to play hard. He deserves a lot of credit.” HoopsWorld

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Boylan's return has not been ruled out, with word circulating that no formal evaluation will be made until after the playoffs. But the Bucks are almost certainly headed for a dreaded first-round date with the Heat, so it's hard to picture how the playoffs are going to help any. ESPN.com

April 1, 2013 Updates

When you're unhappy with a decision your coach made, there are better ways to handle it than calling him out on Twitter. That didn't stop Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings from taking to social media to question a late-game timeout called by coach Jim Boylan in the Bucks' 109-99 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Jennings deleted the tweet shortly after posting. Brandon Jennings: Took a Timeout with 29sec down 10pts. Didn't know it was 10pts plays!!! USA Today Sports

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Monta Ellis has played in every game this season for the Bucks. And Bucks coach Jim Boylan thought Ellis would play Friday night against Indiana even though the shooting guard missed the morning shootaround due to illness. Both Ellis and Brandon Jennings have started all 67 games this season for Milwaukee, which is ending a two-game road swing after losing in Atlanta on Wednesday night. "I won't get into the gory details but he wasn't feeling well last night," Boylan said of Ellis. "We figured we were better off to let him rest up and rehydrate and all that. In my opinion, 99% sure he'll be fine by tonight. "He doesn't miss for too much." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Boylan’s vagabond basketball career would take him to a slew of spots, including Sweden and Switzerland, where he got an offer he couldn’t refuse. “After the first year in Switzerland, the team approached me and asked if I would be the player-coach,” Boylan said. “And I said, ‘Does that mean I get two salaries?’ And they said, ‘Yes.’ And I said, ‘Bang. You got a player-coach.’ ” Boylan never did become an NBA player but he did get a job in the NBA. In 1992, Hall of Fame coach Lenny Wilkens hired him as a video coordinator, scout and assistant coach. Boylan later had assistant coaching stints with Vancouver, Phoenix, Atlanta, Chicago and Milwaukee. He was an interim head coach for the Chicago Bulls in 2007 when Scott Skiles was fired on Christmas Eve and became the Bucks head coach last month when Skiles and the Bucks parted ways. The 57-year-old Boylan appears to have the Bucks pointed toward the playoffs. They are in the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Racine Journal-Times

It was nearly 50 years ago, but Jim Boylan remembers the moment as if it happened yesterday. Sitting in his second-grade classroom in Jersey City, N.J., Boylan was asked what he wanted to do when he grew up. It would have been understandable if Boylan had said he wanted to be a police officer. After all, Boylan’s father, Michael, was a cop and his son deeply admired him. “My dad was a cop for 30 years; he retired as a captain,” said Boylan, the Milwaukee Bucks new head coach. “My dad would work all day as a cop and then, at night, go to college. He went to school to become an electrical engineer. It took him eight years to do that. “He was a great inspiration to me.” Racine Journal-Times

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Jim Buss is going to fire Mike D'Antoni only if the Lakers experience a locker room mutiny, which is practically unimaginable. In that case, the lone alternative would be to replace D'Antoni with Phil Jackson, and Buss has made it clear that he doesn't want to go in that direction. The Kings have nothing to gain by firing Keith Smart as long as the franchise appears to be headed for Seattle next season. Why would the Maloofs pay extra money to a new coach if the team is about to become the responsibility of potential owner Chris Hansen in a short time? P.J. Carlesimo (Nets) and Jim Boylan (Bucks) are a couple of interim coaches who appear to be safe for the rest of the year. The Bucks have performed better than expected this season, while the Nets have turned hot (see below) since Carlesimo replaced Johnson. SI.com

January 13, 2013 Updates

Dwane Casey knows how changes can be made abruptly in the NBA. So the Toronto Raptors coach was not too stunned to hear that Jim Boylan was replacing Scott Skiles as Bucks coach a few days ago. Boylan's Bucks meet the Raptors in a Sunday matinee, Canadian style. "Nothing surprises me in the NBA," Casey said in his remarks to reporters about an hour before tip-off. "I've been there before, seen it, done it, been in that situation. "That's our league. Not trying to be flippant about it. There's different situations, circumstances or whatever it is. I do know Scott has done a good job with that team. They've got his personality. They play hard; they scratch, they claw. So you're in for a 48-minute fight. "That's what we're going to face today." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Mike Dunleavy and Houston assistant Kelvin Sampson are expected to get a call from the Bucks to fill their coaching vacancy. We’ll give the early edge to Dunleavy, based on the fact that he once coached the team and is still a huge fan favorite from his playing days. He also wants to be considered for the Brooklyn job in his home borough. New York Daily News

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