Tuesday , Mar , 11 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Coach Jim Boylan ‘Losing Control’ of the Bulls


Jim Boylan’s first NBA head-coaching opportunity certainly hasn’t lacked for story lines. He took over for close friend Scott Skiles. He and general manager John Paxson handed out a one-game suspension to Joakim Noah, then signed off on Noah’s teammates voting to extend the punishment. He has fielded 12 different starting lineups in 37 games because of injuries and a major trade. And in the last week, he watched Tyrus Thomas intentionally skip practice and Chris Duhon sleep through a shootaround. That’s why Boylan found himself having to respond to a question regarding whether he had lost control of his team.

‘It doesn’t really matter what other people say,’ Boylan said. ‘I just know that what I do in the locker room and with this team, I’m in control. I run this team. We have guys with strong character. We’ve had a couple of situations where people used poor judgment. I don’t think it reflects entirely on the team. Click here for more from the Chicago Tribune.