The Chicago Bulls are one of the best teams in the NBA this season.
They currently sit at the second seed in the East with a 39-23 record, just two games behind number one Miami Heat.
With the help of Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic, Alex Caruso, Lonzo Ball and most importantly DeMar DeRozan, the team is on the verge of possibly making its first NBA Finals in years.
This was not always the case.
Just a few years ago, the Bulls were doing much, much worse.
And now former head coach Jim Boylen talks about his time with the then-struggling team.
“I did everything I could to get this team to play competitive basketball,” Boylen told The Athletic.
Boylen said front office dysfunction and a troubled roster held the Bulls back during his tenure.
Is he just passing the ball or is Boylen right?
Boylen on the Bulls
Boylen joined the Bulls in 2015, when he was named associate head coach.
At the end of 2018, Boylen was then named head coach after Fred Hoiberg was fired.
Just two years later, Boylen also received the knockout blow after going 39-84 in two seasons.
His .317 winning percentage was the second-worst in franchise history.
Boylen says most of the team’s issues were related to roster issues and the front office.
While the front office probably played a part in the team not working well, it seems a little short-sighted to blame the roster so much.
In fact, some of the guys Boylen coached are the same guys on the championship-caliber team we see today.
It’s true that a lot of parts were missing, but it’s undeniable that the team had a lot of talent when Boylen was in charge.