I’ll admit it: Packing for my upcoming move has been stress relieving. I’ve been able to throw away so much crap and donate so much old stuff. I don’t know why, but it’s like taking a cold shower on a hot day. I just kind of feel refreshed.
Alright, bullets time.
• Uh, what are we doing? No, I know you’re reading this, and I’m writing this (well, not at the same time … I almost certainly wrote this before you read it … unless you have a DeLorean). I’m asking what the collective we, within the Bulls universe, are doing with Jim Boylen? Why is the guy really still here? From the jump, I handed my investment in the Bulls franchise over to Arturas Karnisovas. I expressed loyalty in his passionate approach and strict policy of thoughtful evaluation. And while I’m not fully wavering my understanding of this ultimately hesitant head coach decision, I find myself slowly asking for some of my investment back.
• As he’s done numerous times before, NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson elaborated a bit on how the coaching situation has been handled behind closed doors. Johnson reiterated that – for the time being – Boylen is going about his offseason head coach duties as normal. He even added the following: “They [Boylen and Karnisovas] have shared meetings about player development plans and draft preparation. Boylen is planning for his normal offseason visits of players not in-market.” I repeat – UH, WHAT ARE WE DOING?
• I understand this is likely part of Karnisovas’ “evaluation” process, but I have a hard time seeing the benefits of letting things move forward this normally for this long. Boylen must know how many of these players spoke out about him behind his back, and while I guess his ability to brush that off is admirable (if you want to call it that), him potentially traveling to visit his out-of-market players like he did last season creates an incredibly odd dynamic. I’d also love to know how big of a role he’s playing on the player development and draft preparation side. Are we talking about one meeting? Does he send in his draft notes only to have Karnisovas immediately put them in the shredder? As days tick by, Boylen’s presence should feel increasingly irrelevant; however, to this point, it’s felt the opposite.
• Considering the amount of time we have left this offseason, I certainly remain optimistic that the Bulls will have a new coach by the start of the 2020-21 season. I guess I’m just beginning to feel like the pros of starting a coaching search is exponentially surpassing the cons. With still five months before the start of the 2020-21 regular season, perhaps this is a premature feeling (plus, the lack of real sports news probably has me all-too-eager). At the end of the day, I guess I don’t know exactly how I feel. All I know is I feel antsy. Ugh.
• Additionally, Johnson said he doesn’t necessarily see Markkanen receiving an extension this offseason: “I think given that the new regime likely is viewing 2020-21 as a see-what-we’ve-got season, it’s more likely than not that no extension is reached. Then, you negotiate again in 2021 depending on how Markkanen fared.” While I could very much see this outcome happening, I also wouldn’t be surprised if a deal is met. After a down season with a scary salary cap future for the NBA, Karnisovas and Marc Eversley could land Markkanen on a pretty team-friendly deal.
• I rewatched the last game of the season yesterday and wrote about it:
Coby White’s First Start of the Year Was Our Best Look at His Basketball IQhttps://t.co/yZfzRe8oOG
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) June 24, 2020
• Just saying, I think Artis Gilmore deserves more respect.
Our franchise leader in blocks & FG%?
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— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) June 23, 2020
• Happy retirement to one of the best. I know Carter had his ups and downs at times, but he’s a player I always wish had a stint with the Bulls. Honestly, considering how long he’s played, I’m kind of surprised he didn’t. I remember when I was at a game earlier this season (you know when the world was normal) – and the Bulls were absolutely dismantling the Atlanta Hawks – Carter was showered in “We Want Vince” chants. For that entire game, whenever the 43-year-old Carter did anything, people cheered him on. It was just one of those moments that made you ask “what if?”
"I'm officially done." – Vince Carter
(via Winging It Pod) pic.twitter.com/TGCNR21W0o
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 25, 2020
• Jerian Grant can pass the basketball, I’ll give him that.
— Chris Miller 🎥🎙🏀 (@cmillsnbcs) June 25, 2020
• I know it’s not basketball but … HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Arlington, Texas taxpayers got played so hard. pic.twitter.com/MyNsRBcZp4
— Cam Neisler (@cdneisler) June 24, 2020