Jim Boylen Rumors
LaVine confirmed what Boylen said in his exit interview from Chicago, that the two spoke following Boylen’s firing. Even if LaVine offered criticism at times of Boylen, his game undeniably grew during Boylen’s tenure as Boylen challenged him to become a better two-way player. “I look at myself as someone who is extremely professional. I reached out to him, gave him thank you and told him I hope he lands on his feet. He responded. Everything was good on the phone,” LaVine said. “At the end of the day, regardless of whatever the media narrative is, it’s tough when people get fired because this is their livelihood. I definitely just wanted to reach out to him and say a few words.”
Karnisovas and GM Marc Eversley believed Donovan was the best coach available in the marketplace, and his track record in Oklahoma City — including five straight trips to the playoffs in the Western Conference – fit for the Bulls. Donovan, 56, was the National Basketball Coach’s Association’s Co-Coach of the Year with Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer for 2019-2020. The NBA’s coaches vote on the award. Karnisovas dismissed former coach Jim Boylen in May, and talked with a number of candidates before extending the offer to Donovan.
In his four seasons with Brooklyn, Atkinson had a .500 mark just once – 42-40 in the 2018-19 season – and was fired with a .383 overall winning percentage. The concern is that several current and former NBA coaches have told the Sun-Times that Atkinson has a growing reputation as a bit of a self-promoter, and the Bulls just ridded themselves of a guy like that when they fired Jim Boylen last month.