Perkins: Boylen's 'High School' Culture Hurting Bulls

The Bulls are 13-25 and trending in the wrong direction.

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January 09, 2020 - 12:43 pm

(670 The Score) As the Bulls continue their downward spiral, criticism toward coach Jim Boylen is growing.

It has come from the players on his own team, as both Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn lamented the lack of adjustments by the Bulls in a woeful third quarter of a 123-108 loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday. It has come from family members of Bulls playersIt has come from pundits and media members.

And it has also come from former NBA center Kendrick Perkins, who's perplexed by Boylen's approach and doesn't see him connecting with his players.

"I always look at the bench," said Perkins, an NBA insider for Sports. "I look at the camaraderie. I look to see if guys actually enjoy playing with one another. And I don't think it's necessarily that the guys don't like playing with each other. I think it's just that the guys, they're going out there and playing hard, but they're not having fun. And when you see a team playing hard but guys are not having fun, I don't see jumping up and down from the bench, I don't see guys chest-bumping or nothing to that nature, to me, it falls back on the coach. Because him running that high school-type, building that high school-type atmosphere, culture, the guys are not having fun. I know it's a job and we get paid millions of dollars to play the game of basketball and you're supposed to take it serious, but at the end of the day, you're also supposed to enjoy this. You're supposed to love this. You go out there and you're supposed to have fun."

The Bulls are 13-25 in a season in which they proclaimed the playoffs as their goal. They're four games back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East and trending in the wrong direction with a five-game losing streak.

"I try to be a fan of Jim Boylen, but I can't," Perkins said. "I can't -- not in today's NBA. The way he's running his system, it just don't work like this no more."