The Chicago Bulls have decided to part ways with head coach Fred Hoiberg, after their sluggish start to the season.
Rumors have been swirling around the Chicago Bulls brass for a couple seasons now on whether or not a coaching change was coming, that day finally came. The Bulls have reportedly decided to fire head coach Fred Hoiberg after a 5-19 start to the season.
The Bulls are a relatively young team this season but have seemingly been going backward of late, losing six straight games. Hoiberg had an interesting start to his coaching career with Chicago when they hired him in 2015, as he battled it out with the veterans on the team at the time. The Bulls would end up making the playoffs in his second season after they finished with a 41-41 record, but they quickly decided to blow the team up after.
Chicago went into full rebuild mode and acquired a lot of young pieces while drafting players that they hoped would turn their fortunes around over the next few seasons. 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.
Hoiberg was a great college coach in his own right, but he has had a difficult time getting NBA players to want to play hard for him and buy into his system. The writing was on the wall for the Bulls to move on, although they may have done it sooner than many would have thought. Hoiberg ends his tenure with Chicago with a 115-155 record and one lone playoff appearances. Associate head coach Jim Boylen will reportedly take over as the Bulls’ head coach for the remainder of the season.