Chicago Bulls fans woke up to some major news Friday morning.
In an unexpected press release sent out by the Chicago Bulls social media accounts, the organization announced they were officially releasing head coach Jim Boylen of his duties.
YES, this actually happened, and you are not dreaming. Don’t believe me?
HOW ABOUT NOW!?
OFFICIAL: Boylen relieved as Bulls head coach.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) August 14, 2020
The hesitation by Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley since their hiring in April and May, respectively, had many thinking the change would never come. Not to mention, numerous reports from local sources started to place Boylen at the helm of this team next season. However, it appears Karnisovas was truly doing nothing more than taking his time, and he released the following statement this morning to describe his decision-making:
“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. 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.”
“No one could question Jim’s passion for our team and our organization. We sincerely appreciate his tireless efforts and contributions during his time with the Bulls, and we wish him and his family the very best.”
While it’s never necessarily right to celebrate someone losing their job, this does signify a major step forward for the entire Bulls franchise. The move should silence any remaining doubts about the new front office’s autonomy, and open an entirely new chapter of Bulls basketball.
LET’S. FREAKIN’. GO.