Chicago Bulls Fire Head Coach Fred Hoiberg After 5-19 Start

Ross Houston
December 4, 2018

The Chicago Bulls have fired former Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg.

Executive vice president John Paxson said in a statement: "Decisions like this one are never easy to make".

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. Under Hoiberg's control, the Bulls went 115-155 and made a playoff appearance in 2017 before being ousted by the Boston Celtics in six games.

The Associate Head Coach Jim Boylen has been promoted to head coach. 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. After a thorough evaluation, I elected to make this move with the overall development of our team in mind. "I want to thank Fred for his dedication and efforts, as well as for his enduring commitment to our team". As an assistant, Boylen won National Basketball Association championships in 1994 and 1995 with the Houston Rockets and in 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs. It was the front office that gave Cristiano Felicio a four-year, $32 million contract after he'd averaged just 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds a night during the 2016-17 season.

It was the front office that, over the course of the last two seasons, traded two of the team's best shooters in Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic. The writing was on the wall for the Bulls to move on, although they may have done it sooner than many would have thought.

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