Bulls fire head coach Hoiberg

Doug Mendoza
December 6, 2018

Chicago Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson announced today that Fred Hoiberg has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the team.

Assistant coach Jim Boylen has been promoted to replace Hoiberg as head coach.

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

For the Bulls, though, they begin a tough stretch of games with each of their next four games against teams that have a.500 record or better.

Multiple outlets reported that Boylen is not being given an interim tag, and presumably will coach the Bulls at least through the 2018-19 season. Hoiberg went 115-56 at Iowa State, including four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles.

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The 53-year-old Boylen is a native of East Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Booker, 22, is averaging 23.5 points in 19 games this season.

He replaced Tom Thibodeau, who was sacked after five seasons. Boylen spent 11 seasons in Houston, where he was a part of two world championship teams.

Along with the Bulls, Boylen has served as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs. The Bulls used that pick for 7-foot power forward Lauri Markkanen. "I'm sorry, I know Fred is a laid-back guy and I really respect him for that, but when guys aren't doing what they're supposed to do, you have to get on guys - myself included". They are now 28th in numberFire's NBA Team Power Rankings. Although LaVine returned healthy this season, injuries piled up even worse, with Markkanen missing the first six weeks with an elbow sprain, Kris Dunn missing all but one game so far with a left knee sprain, and Denzel Valentine out for the rest of the season as he recovers from surgery for an ankle injury.

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