Central Division coaches, meet the firing squad

by April 17, 2008

By Sam Rubenstein

The Playoffs are here! Oh sorry guys, not for you, Bulls, or you, Bucks.

Interim coach Jim Boylan was just that.

“I was brought in here in the middle of the season,” Boylan said a day before the Bulls ended his tenure. “It’s kind of a tough situation. A lot of things happened.”

Still, Boylan described his experience as “fun.”

“I had a lot of fun doing it,” he said. “It was full of all kinds of experiences—some good, some not so good. Sitting in the head coach’s seat was comfortable and enjoyable. I loved the challenge.”

Oooooh, he had fun. That’s got to be a direct shot at Skiles.

And Larry Krsytkowiak, who was an interim coach last season, was fired too. Recently named GM John Hammond gave some reasoing why they came to their decision, but let’s listen to what Andrew Bogut thinks:

Bogut was asked if a veteran coach was important to the Bucks’ future.

“Yeah, I think it is,” he said. “We just need to bring someone that’s going to buy into the system. I think all 12 guys need to buy into the general manager’s system and the head coach’s system. If we don’t do that, it doesn’t matter if we hire Phil Jackson; it’s going to be the same thing.

“If we get a group of guys that is willing to win and sacrifice individual accolades for the team, I think we’ll be all right.”

Good advice coming from a guy who gives out pantomime high fives.