Jim Boylan Rumors
Jim Boylan is on the brink of returning to coaching. Boylan, who was fired as the Milwaukee Bucks head coach May 1, is expected to be hired by the Cleveland Cavaliers as head coach Mike Brown’s lead assistant.
While head coach Jim Boylan was dismissed from the team two weeks ago, his assistant coaches — Sidney Moncrief, Bill Peterson, Anthony Goldwire, Joe Wolf and Chris Gilmartin — are still under contract until the end of June. Whether any of them will be retained is uncertain. They aren’t the only ones in the Bucks organization on shaky ground. Player personnel director Dave Babcock, scouting director Billy McKinney and head athletic trainer Marc Boff, among others, are also in the final year of their contracts.
“At this time we feel it’s in the best interest of the organization to seek a new coach to lead our team,” said Hammond. “We appreciate Jim’s efforts not only in his time as head coach, but in his entire tenure as a coach in Milwaukee. On behalf of the Bucks organization, I thank Jim for his five years here and his many contributions on and off the court. We wish Jim and his wife, Jane, the best.”
The Milwaukee Bucks will begin a search immediately for a new head coach after informing Jim Boylan that he will not be offered a new contract, General Manager John Hammond announced. The decision was made after Hammond met with Boylan Wednesday morning at the Bucks Training Center in St. Francis, Wis.
Jim Boylan probably coached his last Bucks game Sunday. Boylan replaced the fired Scott Skiles on Jan. 8 and guided the Bucks into postseason play. But the Bucks struggled down the stretch during the regular season and didn’t play particularly well in the playoffs. There is speculation Boylan could learn of his fate as soon as Monday. “He did a good job.” Bucks center Larry Sanders said of Boylan. “He did his best he could under some tough conditions.”
There used to be a time when a coach, who led his team into the playoffs, would be in line for a contract extension. Not anymore. There’s a legitimate chance five coaches with teams in the playoffs could be jettisoned. They are Atlanta’s Larry Drew, Brooklyn’s P.J. Carlesimo, Vinny Del Negro of the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis’ Lionel Holllins and Milwaukee’s Jim Boylan. Another coach, Keith Smart of the Sacramento Kings could also lose his job as part of a front office purge.
“Jim never talked to me,” Redick said. “He didn’t say anything to me. I haven’t spoken to him during the playoffs. I did not get that message. “I don’t need anybody telling me to be confident. I would have appreciated it. “It wasn’t a matter of Jim or my dad or my wife or God saying be confident. “Be on the court, take your shots. They’ll be there.”
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.”
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.
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.
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!!!
The Bucks are getting closer to clinching a playoff spot, holding a magic number of four over Philadelphia. “Larry was really focused on the game,” Bucks coach Jim Boylan said of the effort against the Lakers. “He and I talked before the game. He’s stepping up. That’s what I want him to do. “He’s improving in all kinds of areas. The thing about Larry is that he really cares. Sometimes he can be a little bit emotional, but I don’t mind that as long as it is directed in the right way.”
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.”
Bucks coach Jim Boylan addressed the Jennings situation after the Bucks’ victory over the 76ers. An ESPN report Wednesday quoted a source as saying Jennings and the Bucks had “irreconcilable differences.” “Brandon and I talk all the time,” Boylan said. “I talk to a lot of people around the league, a lot of people around Brandon. I don’t get that feeling from him; I don’t get that feeling from his people. “I saw that quote. It’s just a source, whoever it is. That doesn’t carry much weight with me. I just know my conversations with Brandon. He’s here; he’s a Milwaukee Buck. “He’s going to do everything he can to help us win. And all that other stuff will take care of itself.”
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.”