Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Bulls fire coach Fred Hoiberg, name Jim Boylen as replacement

Bulls fire coach Fred Hoiberg, name Jim Boylen as replacement

The Bulls are a relatively young team this season but have seemingly been going backward of late, losing six straight games.

Hoiberg, who compiled a 115-155 record and one playoff berth in his three-plus seasons, arrived at the team's practice facility Monday morning prepared to run the 11 a.m. practice. He played four seasons under coach Skip Chappelle at UMaine, where he was an All-North Atlantic Conference pick.

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. Boylen is "well regarded by management and ownership and has a chance to win the job permanently", the Chicago Tribune said. "And we were lacking that".

Hoiberg's recipe for success was clear to everyone who followed his team, everyone except those running the Bulls organization. He has a passion and energy to him that I think our players will respond to. We felt that there were a lot of things that needed to be addressed. When you bring in a coach with a particular style of play and are about to embark on a rebuild, you generally want the personnel to match.

10, 2018, Hoiberg's Bulls eeked out a 99-98 victory against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers. "You have to be able to get your identity across to your team". Hoiberg was hailed as an offensive innovator and missing mind to mold a championship-ready roster when he was hired, but the Bulls scuffled offensively in his tenure, in part because of personnel that didn't fit his preferred space-and-pace system. The team now has the worst offensive efficiency in the National Basketball Association and is now 20th in defense this season.

"We were in a similar situation a year ago at this time". That's why we made a decision to do it now with three of our more talented players coming back.

Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for and covers the Bulls.

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