Chicago Bulls Fire Jim Boylen, New Orleans Pelicans Fire Alvin Gentry
Two NBA head coaches lost their jobs over the last 24 hours.
After months of contradicting rumours, the Chicago Bulls finally opted to fire Jim Boylen, who after two seasons at the helm, led the Bulls to a 39-84 mark. Boylen also butted heads with numerous players on multiple occasions.
“After doing a comprehensive evaluation and giving the process the time it deserved, I ultimately decided that a fresh approach and evolution in leadership was necessary,” executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas said in a statement. “This was a very difficult decision, but it is time for our franchise to take that next step as we move in a new direction and era of Chicago Bulls basketball. Jim is a great human being that cares deeply about this organization and the game of basketball. I want to thank him for his professionalism and commitment to the franchise.”
Boylen’s .317 winning percentage is the second lowest mark among any coach in the franchise’s history with a minimum of 100 games.
“Officially the last day of the regular season is today so I thought the timing was right, right now going into the lottery and the draft process and it’s an official offseason for us so we thought that it was good timing,” Karnisovas said. “In terms of what we’re going to be looking for, we’re going to continuing focusing on player development, an emphasis on player development, someone who puts the relationship with players first and is a good communicator. There are a lot of factors going on in terms of criteria that we’re looking for in a coach but again, those are the main ones and we will start the search immediately.”
Separately, the New Orleans Pelicans have opted to cut ties with veteran head coach Alvin Gentry on Saturday morning. In five seasons, Gentry led the Pelicans to a 175-225 record.