Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Fred Hoiberg fired as Chicago Bulls coach

Fred Hoiberg fired as Chicago Bulls coach

According to reports, associate head coach Jim Boylen has been promoted to head coach.

The Chicago Bulls fired head coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday following the team's dismal start to the season which has left them near the foot of the Eastern Conference standings.

In a 5-19 start to the season, the team is now 14th in the Eastern Conference out of 15 teams.

However, there is a case to be made in defense of Fred Hoiberg, and it's one that seems to be the prevailing sentiment. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said Monday that Hoiberg would likely return to the college coaching ranks.

"Decisions like this one are never easy to make, however I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time".

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The Warriors' coach was far more critical when it came to assessing his own performance in the defeat. Detroit have now won two consecutive games over Golden State - after losing 12 or their previous 13.

Hoiberg was hired by the Bulls in 2015-16 after a five-year NCAA coaching career with Iowa State.

Hoiberg spent over three seasons in Chicago, with a 115-155 overall mark, but last season's 27-55 record was the Bulls' worst since 2003-04. "I want to thank Fred for his dedication and efforts, as well as for his enduring commitment to our team".

Hoiberg was in the fourth season of a five-year deal that paid him $25 million.

He replaced Tom Thibodeau, who was sacked after five seasons, and the hope was that the free-wheeling style he used with the Cyclones would work in the National Basketball Association and that he would fare better than another former Iowa State coach, Tim Floyd, who went 49-190 record in three-plus seasons with the Bulls.

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