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Former basketball standout Jim Boylen savors NBA grind

PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:35 am
by Tom Nolette
Former UMaine standout Jim Boylen savors NBA grind

...Boylen’s coaching career includes being part of three NBA championship staffs — at Houston in 1994 and 1995 and at San Antonio in 2014.

But if not for his journey from his native East Grand Rapids, Michigan, to UMaine, Boylen might have taken a different career path.

He grew up longing to play for Michigan State, where his father played football.

“I took a visit there and they did not offer me a scholarship, but (then-MSU basketball coach) Jud Heathcote said, ‘I heard the University of Maine’s looking at you, that would be a great place for you,’” recalled Boylen. ... nba-grind/