Jerry Reinsdorf Rumors
Now that Boylen has been bumped, any notion that they have plans to move on from him leading into the 2019-20 campaign is all but flat-lined. Board chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has never been a fan of handing out dead money to former coaches, let alone pay for two coaches through 2020, as well as taking on the salary of a new hire if they did remove Boylen at the end of the regular season.
“I’m going to coach our team the best I can,’’ Boylen said on Sunday, when asked if having a say in personnel was important to him. “John and Gar know and Michael [Reinsdorf] and Jerry [Reinsdorf] know that I’ll support in any way I can, in any decision they need me to. The job they’ve given me is to coach the team and to try to get our guys compete every night. I’m trying to do that the best I can.’’
“My job is to try to push our guys to a place they can’t take themselves,” Boylen said. “That’s pushing them outside their comfort zone. That’s what the Reinsdorfs are paying me for.” The fact Boylen cited ownership is telling. Phil Jackson praised Boylen to Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf after Boylen met with the Hall of Fame coach last summer. And according to team and league sources, executive vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman raved to ownership about Boylen’s message during Sunday’s meeting, which Paxson and Forman attended.
“I hate the word tanking,” Jerry Reinsdorf said. “I don’t think there’s a player out there on any team who would ever not give his best. From our standpoint, we’re about wins and losses. Part of that process is sometimes you have to go through a rebuild.”