The Chicago Bulls fired Fred Hoiberg and promoted Jim Boylen to head coach on Dec. 3. It took less than a week for Boylen to become a big topic in the basketball world for his old-school and brash coaching ways. On Dec. 5, Boylen had the Bulls practice for two and a half hours, and run suicides, the day after a game. Three days later, the Bulls suffered their worst loss in franchise history, and Boylen made five-man substitutions and sat the starters for the final 21 minutes (and two days after that, the Sacramento Kings’ players even mocked Boylen after a blowout win).

For a tanking basketball team (the Bulls are 19-52), the Jim Boylen era has been unusually eventful/eyerolling. That continued on Sunday, when Boylen called a timeout to draw up a play… with 29.8 seconds left and the Bulls down 129-102 to the Kings. Yes, he called a timeout with his team trailing by 27 points in the final 30 seconds.

And the play failed.

It’s hard to see how there could be any value in that, but Boylen gonna Boylen.

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