DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Jim Boylan was promoted Thursday to
interim head coach of the Chicago Bulls, who fired Scott Skiles on
Monday after the team's disappointing start.
Boylan was in his fourth season as an assistant under Skiles and
has 14 years experience in the NBA but none as a head coach at the
"Jim has paid his dues as an assistant coach and has his own
ideas on the way he wants us to play," Bulls general manager John
Paxson said in a statement.
Boylan said his coaching influences include Al McGuire, Jud
Heathcote, Mike Fratello, Brian Hill and even the man he is
"I've tried to steal from everybody," Boylan said.
He made it clear Thursday he'll be his own man in an attempt to
turn around the Bulls, who at 9-17 are one of the league's most
disappointing teams. Their surprising struggles come one season
after they took the Detroit Pistons to six games in the Eastern
"My approach will be different and I will be myself. I talked
to the players about that. I hope any preconceived notions about
anyone are put on the back burner."
The Bulls' confidence is wavering, their defense has been soft
and their shooting -- for a team that depends on perimeter scoring --
has been poor. Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng and Ben Gordon are all below
last season's levels in scoring and the Bulls are shooting only 41
percent as a team.
"We need to get our guys believing in themselves again. That's
not always an easy thing to do," Boylan said.
Paxson said the job is Boylan's for the rest of the season and
he doesn't expect miracles. He just wants the Bulls to tighten up
their rotation and define roles a little more.
"It's a job interview for me and the rest of the league for
him," Paxson said. "He has the right attitude and approach."
Assistant coach Pete Myers was in charge of the team during
Wednesday night's 94-79 loss at San Antonio that dropped the Bulls'
record to 9-17.
The 52-year-old Boylan also has been an assistant in Cleveland
under Mike Fratello (1993-97), Vancouver under Brian Hill
(1997-2000), Phoenix under Skiles (2000-01) and Atlanta under Terry
He also coached in the Continental Basketball Association and in
college, including stops at Michigan State as an assistant under
Jud Heathcote (1986-89) and as head coach at New Hampshire
As a player, Boylan helped lead Marquette to the 1977 NCAA
Championship. He was later drafted by the Buffalo Braves in the
fourth round of the 1979 NBA draft.