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Chicago Bulls: Fred Hoiberg was never given a fair shot

Chicago Bulls: Fred Hoiberg was never given a fair shot”

But as the Bulls get ready to start December, they've decided to make a coaching change.

CHICAGO - The skidding Chicago Bulls fired coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday and promoted associate head coach Jim Boylen in hopes of lifting the team from the bottom of the standings. His overall record with the Bulls is 115-155 (.426), including a 5-19 (.208) start this season.

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.

With the Bulls, the team missed the playoffs twice and lost in the first round once during Hoiberg's tenure. According to one source, Hoiberg believed he would have the chance to coach a fully healthy team before being evaluated, which the Sun-Times reported Sunday.

Boylen has been with the Bulls since Jun. 17, 2015.

In a March 21, 2018, file image, Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg mans the bench against the Denver Nuggets at the United Center in Chicago. Bobby Portis (right knee) and Kris Dunn (left knee), who are expected to return within the two weeks, would've allowed Hoiberg to coach the team he had worked with this summer. He has spent more than 20 years in the National Basketball Association, where he also has been an assistant in Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee, Indiana and San Antonio.

The 7-foot Markkanen is perhaps the centerpiece of Chicago's rebuilding plan, but Hoiberg won't be around to see it through. He led the Bulls to one postseason appearance in 2017 - as a No. 8 seed, Chicago was eliminated by Boston in six games.



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