Assistant coach candidate profile: Jim Boylen
This is the sixth post in a series looking at potential Lakers assistant coaches. Here we profile former University of Utah Coach Jim Boylen, who, The Times' Broderick Turner reported, met with Lakers Coach Mike Brown about joining his coaching staff. ESPN the Magazine's Ric Bucher reports that Brown indeed plans to hire Boylen.
Boylen coached for Utah before being fired in March. He also had assistant coaching stints with Michigan State (1987-92, 2007-11), the Houston Rockets (1992-2003), Golden State Warriors (2003-04) and Milwaukee Bucks (2004-05). Boylen also was reported to have been in the mix for the coaching vacancy for Penn State's men's basketball team.
Connection to the Lakers: Boylen was an assistant coach at Michigan State for part of Shannon Brown's tenure there.
Style: Boylen ran a so-called pro-style offense with Utah and Michigan State and worked with the team's post players. He's worked with Hakeem Olajuwon and Yao Ming and helped Utes center Luke Nevill become more polished, suggesting Boylen will have valuable insight in further developing the Lakers' frontline in Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. As indicated by some YouTube videos, Boylen has shown plenty of fiery emotion, a quality that Salt Lake Tribune columnist Gordon Monson chalked up to the Utes' intensity as well as their unevenness during adverse moments. But all accounts said he was a class act, even when Utah let him go.
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Jim Boylen, former Utah head coach, on Monday became the latest assistant-coach candidate to speak with new Lakers Coach Mike Brown. Credit: Douglas C. Pizac / US Presswire