Bulls Notes: Boylen, Hutchison, Harrison, Rose, Deng

The 5-10 Bulls are off to a somewhat disappointing start to the 2019/20 season, but head coach Jim Boylen‘s standing within the franchise remains strong, writes Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times. Asked about where things stand between him and team management, Boylen acknowledged that the club has been frustrated by its start and is seeking more consistency, but said the Bulls’ higher-ups have his back.

“Since I’ve been here I’ve never felt more supported than I am right now,” Boylen said. “From ownership, management, and [vice president of basketball operations] John [Paxson]. We talk every day and we communicate, and we’re in step. We’re in step in a lot of ways, and we’re also in step in our frustration where we would like to play better more consistently.”

Here’s more out of Chicago:

  • Chandler Hutchison, who had taken on an increased role in Otto Porter‘s absence, has an injury of his own. As Eric Woodyard of ESPN tweets, Hutchison missed Wednesday’s game due to sore shins and there’s no set timetable for his return, per Boylen.
  • Shaquille Harrison, the only player on the Bulls’ roster without a fully guaranteed salary for 2019/20, started in Hutchison’s place on Wednesday and is making a case to have his minimum-salary deal guaranteed. Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago has the story on Harrison’s impressive 15-point, 11-rebound outing vs. Detroit.
  • In an appearance on NBC Sports Chicago’s Bulls Talk podcast, Derrick Rose looked back on his time in Chicago and speculated that if “load management” had been common at the time, it may have helped extend his tenure as a Bull (video link).
  • Luol Deng, who signed a one-day contract to retire as a Bull earlier this year, was celebrated by the team on Wednesday and explained why he wanted to return to Chicago to make his retirement official. “It’s what made sense,” Deng said, per Woodyard at ESPN.com. “Chicago means a lot to me when you look back, just at my career as a basketball player coming here as a young man, 19, but it’s a lot of history here and I wanted it to end the right way. The best way to do it is with familiar faces and people that know me very well.”
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5 thoughts on “Bulls Notes: Boylen, Hutchison, Harrison, Rose, Deng

  1. windycitykid89

    Of course the higher ups in the Bulls org have Boylen’s back. Thats because they don’t care about winning…all they care about is money. They will never go anywhere until GarPax are fired and/or Reinsdorf sells the team.

    • jdan74

      Absolute Truth! I’ve stopped going to games and monetarily supporting them at all.

      This is an abusive front office/fan relationship, and I’m tired of being taken advantage of.

    • wrigleyhawkeye

      I think it has more to do with the higher ups have no choice but to have his back. If they fire yet another perceived underperforming coach it makes them look even worse.

      Note that I said perceived— the last few coaches haven’t exactly been handed much to work with.

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