Perkins: Bulls' Boylen A Turn-Off For Free Agents

"He could be pretty good coach if he would put his ego aside," Kendrick Perkins says.

Mully & Haugh Show
February 13, 2020 - 10:47 am

(670 The Score) While the Bulls have troubles to address across multiple levels of their basketball operation as they sit at 19-36 at the All-Star break, one that's glaring in the opinion of former NBA champion center and Sports insider Kendrick Perkins is coach Jim Boylen's approach both on and off the floor.

Boylen's "ego" is a problem for the Bulls, and his style is off-putting to many players who view Chicago from afar, Perkins said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Thursday morning. 

So does that make Boylen an impediment to the Bulls attracting top-tier free agents moving forward?

"Yes, absolutely," Perkins said. "I'll tell you what: No good veteran and no superstars are going to go for that right now. Chicago is already having a hard time getting players, let alone trying to run this high school system. And having guys check in (with me), man, you're not about to attract any vets or anything like this. I'm kind of waiting. He's got to figure it out. I actually think he could probably be a pretty good coach if he would put his ego and pride aside. But definitely, I'll tell you what, they're not looking at him as like, 'Hey, I want to come over there because of Jim Boylen.' He's definitely turning players away."

Much has been made recently of Boylen's odd use of timeouts, which has included him calling them in the closing minutes of blowouts. In one case, Bulls star guard Zach LaVine appeared quite perplexed on the bench by a late timeout.

Boylen has defended the use of those timeouts by emphasizing that he needs to develop his entire roster, G League and third-string players included.

That Boylen is using timeouts in such situations doesn't much matter practically, but Perkins believes it's an example of Boylen's ego on display.

"Those timeouts are getting out of control," Perkins said. "And to me, that’s just an ego thing and a pride thing and it’s all about Jim. It’s not how it should be. He’s just trying to make a statement — this is how he’s going to run things. That’s all good if you’re winning and you’re at the top of the East, but if you’re down at the bottom of the bottom and you’re just barely scratching the playoff surface and guys are already complaining, as a player, you don’t want to go to war with a coach like that. That makes you hate him. You know what I’m saying? The thing is, is that you want guys to buy into what you believe in. And the way he’s going about it is just a recipe for disaster.

"Anybody who has played basketball at any level knows you’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to mess up on the sidelines. Are you trying to do it on purpose? Absolutely not. Sometimes it just happens throughout the course of the game."