Bulls fans were clearly upset with their team’s performance in Game 6, and chanted for the firing of Fred Hoiberg. Brad Stevens wasn’t having any of it.
After their disappointing loss in Game 6 and 4-2 loss in their first round series with the Boston Celtics, the Chicago Bulls and head coach Fred Hoiberg had plenty of reason to be upset.
However, the fans in attendance in Chicago made it worse for their hometown coach and players, chanting “Fire Hoiberg” as the last minute wound down on Game 6 and the Bulls’ season.
One man who would know the position Hoiberg finds himself in would be the Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. Boston hadn’t won a playoff series in five years before their six-game series win over the Bulls in the first round as the top seed, and there were rumors of Stevens being on the hot seat, if the team had lost.
Stevens was visibly agitated by the fans chanting for his counterpart’s firing, and even mouthed the words “Shut up” to the fans in attendance as they continued their disdain towards Hoiberg.
In the regular season, the Bulls went 41-41 in Hoiberg’s second year with the team, and earned the eighth seed in the postseason. In the previous year, Hoiberg’s first, they went 42-40, one win better than this season, but missed the playoffs. The team went up 2-0 in the series with the Celtics, winning both of their first two road games.
However, point guard Rajon Rondo suffered an injury an fractured his thumb, and was forced to miss the remainder of the round, and the team fell apart.
Hoiberg signed a five-year deal with Chicago that’s worth $25 million in June of 2015. The Bulls are obviously committed to their coach with that money involved, and the coach will likely see the same fans who chanted for his departure when the season rolls back around in October.