dougthonus wrote: MikeDC wrote:
The "Just following orders" defense lost a lot of its effectiveness after Nuremberg.
Especially when the guys giving the orders are still there.
Beyond that, it's all a bunch of nonsense to even suggest that stuff. The man went out and publicly proclaimed
that Jerry Reinsdorf made him the "CEO".
Let's recap, shall we:
Jim Boylen, Head Coach and CEO of the Chicago Bulls wrote:“JERRY REINSDORF ASKED ME TO BE THE CEO,” BOYLEN TOLD THE ATHLETIC IN OCTOBER. “HE NEVER SAID ‘COACH’ TO ME ONE TIME. (IT WAS) ‘HIRE THE RIGHT PEOPLE. GET THEM ORGANIZED. SET THE COURSE. MAINTAIN THE COURSE. CORRECT THE COURSE.’ THAT’S WHAT HE ASKED ME TO DO. I’M HERE TO LEAD. THE GREAT HEAD COACHES ARE LEADERS.”
There is no reasonable interpretation of that kind of statement that should result in keeping him around. Even in the scenario where the Reinsdorfs and/or Paxson point blank said "do all this crazy stuff or you're fired" the extent to which Boylen self-promotingly got out in front of it with this sort of statement is stunning. Like, to the point where, if I were Jerry Reinsdorf, would I want Jim Boylen saying this kind of thing? Hell no.
Anyway, I'm not paying to see **** like this again:
Just. Not. Going. To. Happen.
You're arguing about Jim Boylen In July, odds are pretty good you'll be watching
Seriously though, I wouldn't tell you to watch or not watch or spend your money or not. That's obviously an individual decision. Boylen won't be the difference between whether I watch a ton or just watch a little bit, the difference will be the quality of the team.
I know you think those are 1:1 correlated, but I don't think replacing Boylen will really make much difference. I think the team will still likely be pretty poor no matter what. I'll probably start off watching every game, but if they quickly go into the tank, then I'll just skim through games and watch in the background rather than being really invested.
I agree the Bulls will be poor, but with a good development coach, we could develop players and look enjoyable watching them. Jim is one of the worst coaches I've seen. I know behind the scenes he has some coaching plays he has learned from other greats. However, he is a terrible coach that protect himself by continuously throw other players under the bus, continue to kiss up to the FO for his own job, and not show much progress. What a development coach could do.
1) Come up with a plan to get Lauri to right spots. Lauri could just be a mediocre big that can get hot from deep, he could be an all-star type player with right development. However, he does not like Jim and wants to be out if Jim is still coaching. Even if we don't want to sign Lauri to a long-term extension, with right development, he could be a trade asset.
2) What to do with Wendell/Gafford. Wendell seems like more of a 4, but we have not seen the range and has had some injuries. However, both Wendell/Gafford don't like the coach.
3) Develop Cobi - we saw him going on a scoring rampage at the end. Was that a flash in the pan? Can he be developed into a lead guard type with more assists?
I mean, I could keep going, but besides development, we could build an identity, and build up more value in our players. If we keep Boylen, we take a chance in alienating not only our fan base, but good will with the FO (sans the owner), and mainly the players. So far, 6 of the players have portrayed and seem to lack respect for Jimbo. It really could hamper a lot down the road in just one year more.