The 90s are gone
Guess what? It’s not the 1990s anymore. ‘No kidding’ you’re probably saying. I don’t bring that up to remind fans of the glory days of Bulls basketball, or just how far the team has fallen since that prosperous time. Rather, it’s raised to remind everyone that much has changed in the NBA since that time.
Over the last almost 30 years, offenses have evolved, players have evolved, the game has evolved, and because of all of that, coaches have evolved too. Well, most coaches. Above we pointed out that a player might not want to join a team whose coach may not have much job security. The reality is, it might not matter with Boylen.
In fact, if the Bulls want to attract top-notch free agents, it may make the most sense to cut ties sooner rather than later. Heck, his own team almost formed a mutiny during his first week on the job. Since that time, the mutiny may have calmed down, but Boylen hasn’t. He still is as intense and as much of a disciplinarian as ever.
Now you can say ‘these players need some tough love’ and that’s fine, except you have to understand that modern players don’t like that approach. You can disagree with it, but you can’t deny the fact that most modern players want a “players coach” and not a “chop buster.”
Moreover, the offensive system Boylen runs also seems like something out of the 1990s where teams won rock-fights by a score of 94-88. Those days are gone. Maybe at some point, the NBA returns to those days, but it certainly isn’t happening anytime soon. And it certainly isn’t happening before this offseason when players who have grown up playing in uptempo offenses have to decide where they’ll spend the next 4-6 years of their careers.