Jim Boylan was dismissed by the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday as their coach, but there’s no reason he shouldn’t land a job with a team looking for a skipper to work patiently with its younger players.
That’s why the Charlotte Bobcats should interview Boylan and seriously look at him as their skipper. The Bobcats recently fired a coach, Mike Dunlap, who had a lot of coaching experience, but not in the NBA.
Boylan has a long history with the NBA and knows what it takes to survive in the league, although one might not realize that since the Bucks fired him this week. He hasn’t taken the two teams he’s coached– the Chicago Bulls and Bucks–a long way, but with the Bobcats Boylan would find himself in a totally different situation.
Boylan won’t find know-it-all veterans like J.J. Reddick on his roster in Charlotte. He’ll find younger players talented and willing to learn. That’s why Boylan would make a good fit as the Bobcats try to develop their franchise into a playoff contending team.
Boylan did take the Bucks to the playoffs even though they finished below .500. He came into a tough situation in Milwaukee as many thought Scott Skiles was doing a good job and should not have been released. Boylan showed he can work with players, albeit maybe not Reddick.
But Boylan’s problem in Milwaukee was that he was expected to win, nothing less and nothing more. At Charlotte he’ll be expected to get a team to improve and be playoff caliber. Boylan had a strong college background as a player but didn’t play in the NBA. That gives him a better perspective as a coach, and it’s why Charlotte should give him a job.