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Report: Bulls leaning toward removing coach Boylen

FILE PHOTO: Mar 18, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

The Chicago Bulls’ new leaders have gotten enough negative reviews of coach Jim Boylen that they are leaning toward moving on without him, according to a report.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday that Arturas Karnisovas, the new head of basketball operations, and new general manager Marc Eversley have talked to people throughout the organization, including players, and the “mixed feedback” is leading them to think the team should make a change.

The Reinsdorf family, which owns the team, and senior adviser John Paxson have said they want Boylen to stay, as have some players, the Sun-Times reported, but Karnisovas and his team were given the authority to make such decisions.

Karnisovas has been non-committal.

“My initial impression of Jim is he cares a great deal about this team and he’s as anxious as everyone else to get back in the gym,” Karnisovas said last week. “I’m going to do my comprehensive evaluation of every department and ensure I give the process the time it deserves. We are limited right now with what we can do.’’

The Sun-Times said Boylen could be removed from the job after the league makes a decision about the end of the season. Play was suspended on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Boylen, 55, was named the Bulls coach in December 2018 after Fred Hoiberg was fired. He had been the team’s associated head coach for four years.

The Bulls were 17-41 under Boylen to finish the 2018-19 season. They had a 22-43 record and were in 11th place, eight games out of a tie for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, when the season was halted.

--Field Level Media

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