The Athletic has a big profile on Boylen up today. And it has the most Jim Boylen thing possible in it. Dude installed a time clock at the practice facility.
When he arrived each day, Boylen would manually stamp his time card in the company’s time clock. He’ll never forget it. He thought it was sort of cool but also symbolic, punching into work, logging his hours, keeping inventory of his week through a time-honored method that would make it clear whether he had been responsible and accountable.
And three days before the start of this year’s training camp, Boylen brought in another memory of his factory days. He ordered a time clock. He had it painted from green to red and inscribed with “Chicago Bulls” in white letters on the front. On the sides are Bulls logos. It sits on a north wall inside the Advocate Center, just off the training room, steps away from the weight room. To the right, resting in two small adjacent grey placeholders, are the players’ time cards. Each one is red and white, with the player’s name and his jersey number at the top. The custom-made cards also are adorned with a Bulls logo.
“So when guys come through the doors they punch in now,” Boylen said. “Punching in to work.”