Boylen Forgets His Wallet, Carter Jr. Tries to Sell Players on a Frigid Chicago, LaVine's Dunk, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Boylen Forgets His Wallet, Carter Jr. Tries to Sell Players on a Frigid Chicago, LaVine’s Dunk, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Happy Valentines Day to everyone except the Chicago Bulls!

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Editor’s Note: We’ve got EXTREMELY late bullets today, because there was a lot to get to this morning, including “Fire GarPax” chants on National TV, not-so-nice comments from Charles Barkley on Jim Boylen and the Bulls, some hope that Wendell Carter Jr. might return immediately after the All-Star break, and some behind-the-scenes video of Zach LaVine seemingly preparing for a certain dunk competition (we can only hope) ….

Afternoon bullets …. AWAY!

  • What’s colder than cold? Bulls fans. Earlier today at Navy Pier, fans gathered to watch a live session of ESPN’s hit show First Take. On as a guest, Zach LaVine joined Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman, and Molly Qerim to talk Bulls basketball and the All-Star Weekend festivities. However, before he could answer a question about his front office management, a loud “Fire GarPax” chant erupted. We wrote more about it here.
  • In other news, Boylen can’t stay out of trouble. ESPN 1000’s Jonathan Hood had the Salt Lake Tribune’s Gordon Monson join his show Under the Hood to reflect on the old days of coving the Bulls head coach. For those of you who don’t know, Boylen started as the head men’s basketball coach for the Utah Utes in 2007 and was fired in March of 2011. During his time at the helm of the program, he had plenty of bumps in the road, and Morson helps walks us through him. He compares the start of Boylen’s tenure with Utah, despite some success, as eerily similar to his first several weeks with the Bulls. Monson repeatedly mentioned he considers Boylen well-intentioned, but he says that based on the performance he saw in Utah, he was shocked Boylen was “awarded” a head coaching job in the NBA. Well, that makes two of us.
  • Monson also tells a great story about going on an “apology lunch” with Boylen. In the middle of a press conference, Boylen blew up at Monson and later called to offer an apology and to take him out for lunch. Monson agreed but said the lunch was filled with mostly excuses (shocker). Boylen then pulled the old “I don’t have my wallet” trick and made Monson pay.

  • Yup, that’s the coach of the historic Chicago Bulls! *eye roll so hard my head entire head rolls off*
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  • Wendell Carter Jr. is hoping the Chicago’s food can outweigh the cold.

  • He is also hoping one day he’ll be playing on Sunday! Truthfully, as things currently stand, I think he has the second-best shot on this Bulls roster of making an All-Star team (LaVine is still first).

  • President Obama dropped by the NBA Cares event and Carter Jr. got to say hi! The Chicago Tribune’s DeAntae Prince spoke with him, Zion Williamson, and Trae Young to get their reaction.
  • The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry spoke with former UNC Tar Heels about Coby White’s transition into the NBA. Players like Vince Carter and Harrison Barnes chime in with some words of encouragement and high praise for the rookie. We all know he’s got a long way to go, but at only 19-years-old, he’s got a ton of potential.
  • Aaron Gordon, those are fighting words! The NBA Slam Dunk Contest participant said even if LaVine were to show up unannounced tomorrow night, he’d still be taking home the trophy.

  • TAKE ME BACK!
  • Lauri Markkanen will help out this weekend at the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Global Camp. Earlier today, he spoke with reporters about the opportunity to coach young talent, and reminded all of us that it’s impossible not to love him.

  • Is this for Kris Dunn? It can’t be for anyone else on the team, I know that.

  • My friends got another great Talkin’ Toros podcast out just in time for All-Star Weekend! Make sure to give it a listen and be frustrated with them!



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.