UA-59049186-1 Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out: Jim Boylen, Pointless Timeout Enthusiast - Good if it Goes

Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out: Jim Boylen, Pointless Timeout Enthusiast

Gar Forman and John Paxson have made a lot of decisions that left me scratching my head. Giving a big money contract to a very much washed Dwyane Wade to put him with Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo, giving the team a backcourt with 0 shooters and 3 guys who all need the ball in their hand comes to mind. Trading two draft picks for Doug McDermott, for example. However, nothing compares to bringing Jim Boylen back for the 2019-20 season after the abject failure of the previous one. Boylen took over for Fred Hoiberg after a 5-19 start and did nothing to make the team better put plenty to make the players hate him. Zach LaVine (taken after McDermott in that 2014 draft, by the way) openly despised him and his down-a-gorillion-with-a-minute-to-go timeouts. Lauri Markkanen posted an Instagram with the prayer hands/high five emoji after Boylen was canned. Tomas Satoransky said the firing was a positive step. You may remember Satoransky for his complete ignoral of Boylen after a last-second win. Wendell Carter basically acknowledged during a Q&A that nobody liked Boylen. In spite of all that, Boylen got another season because the front office liked him. Once new team president Arturas Karnisovas was hired and especially after Gar Forman was canned and John Paxson was demoted to some do-nothing role, logic indicated that Boylen would be next. However, as time kept passing without a firing and stories kept coming out about Michael Reinsdorf’s fondness for Boylen, it began to look like the stooge would, in fact, not be shown the door. Fortunately, common sense prevailed, and on Friday, Boylen was fired.

Multiple potential replacements have been bandied about. If GarPax were still around, your author would best actual money that they would find some guy named Jim Boylin to keep the pattern after having both Jim Boylan and Jim Boylen. Since those two idiots aren’t calling the shots anymore, we can discuss serious candidates. Kenny Atkinson, Ime Udoka, and Adrian Griffin’s names have come up more than a few times. Your author would like to see the team take a chance on Tim Duncan. (He is a Bears fan, so maybe it’s not all that crazy.) Of the names drawing the most attention, your author advocates for Udoka.

 

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