Bulls fire Hoiberg, promote assistant to head coach

Bulls fire Hoiberg, promote assistant to head coach

The Chicago Bulls chose to spice up everyone's normally calm and collective Monday morning, letting go of head coach Fred Hoiberg, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson said the move was hard but was necessary with the Bulls mired at 5-19, with only two teams with worse records.

The Bulls have lost six consecutive games and 10 of their past 11.

Hoiberg guided the Bulls to a 115-155 record in just over three seasons as head coach, including one playoff appearance during the 2016-17 season.

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Before his Bulls stint, Hoiberg coached five seasons at Iowa State, leading the Cyclones to the Sweet 16 in 2014. His past two seasons have been particularly disappointing, as the Bulls have gone 32-74 since the start of the 2017-18 campaign. "We gave Fred an opportunity". Forward Bobby Portis (right knee) has played in four games and point guard Kris Dunn (left knee) has appeared in one, though both are expected back soon. "What we're lacking.is a spirit about our team". And he did a lot of good things for us. Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic were among the departures as the Bulls tried to find the right formula.

Between his stints as an National Basketball Association assistant coach that have totaled 20 seasons, Boylen worked as a Michigan State assistant and was hired by then-Utah athletic director Chris Hill as the replacement for Ray Giacoletti in 2007. On paper, Chicago looked like a team that could have a chance to at least compete for a playoff spot in a weaker Eastern Conference, but that simply has not been the case and Hoiberg is clearly taking the blame for that, as opposed to say, the weird ill-fitting roster.

Coincidentally, another Jim Boylan - different spelling - landed the interim head coaching job when Paxson fired Skiles.

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