Jim Boylan and Pete Myers had all bought into Scott Skiles' way of running the Chicago Bulls, and if Jim Paxon thought that Boylan would be different, he's naive.
What is shocking is their contempt for Paxon's view that young players like Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas be handled differently. The situation with Noah is the most alarming. Myers, who I never considered had a brain, was willing to give Noah next to no minutes when he took the reins of coach. Boylan took it another step when in last night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks he gave Noah no floor time. I'm surprised that no member of the Chicago media found it important to ask Boylan his reason for hitting Noah with a DNP.
This behavior by the Bulls coaching staff can only have damaging effects on young players like Noah and Thomas. This habit of giving Thomas short stints and a quick hook must be eating away at this young player's already fragile psyche. It's a damaging strategy that has effectively been employed by Skiles.
What disgusts me is that Boylan will attempt to make up for the slight by giving Noah some significant playing time when the Bulls meet the New York Knicks in New York tomorrow (Sunday). Nice way to play tug-o-war with a young player's emotions. Boylan might be secretly hoping that Noah will be so pumped up and bent on making a good showing before his New York fans that he might try too hard and and not have a good game, giving them a good excuse to pull the plug early.
Boylan is nothing more than a journeyman assistant with no philosophy or ideas of his own. Paxon should have fired the entire staff and brought in a new coach with his own staff.
To think that we have to put up with this Skiles clone and his other acolytes for the rest of the season is highly disturbing.