Bulls fire head coach Fred Hoiberg

Chicago Bulls fire coach Fred Hoiberg ex Ute coach Jim Boylen takes over

He finishes his tenure in Chicago, where he played for four seasons and had a long history with general manager Gar Forman, with a record of 115-155 (.426) and a single playoff appearance, when the Bulls were ousted in the first round by Boston in 2017.

Chicago announced Monday morning it was firing its head coach after a 5-19 start to the season.

"We want Jim to be our head coach next season", Paxson told reporters, via Malika Andrew of ESPN.

Following the exodus of former Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau, the front office pairing of John Paxson and Gar Forman made a decision to go with a more modern approach to their next hiring.

Chicago is clearly not close to competing for a ring, but the decision to move on from Hoiberg suggests that they didn't think he was a good fit for the direction the organization is heading.

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Rumors have been swirling around the Chicago Bulls brass for a couple seasons now on whether or not a coaching change was coming, that day finally came.

"We acknowledge that Fred had to deal with a lot of hard circumstances while he was here", Paxson said, adding that the Bulls have been "lacking energy and a spirit". The team's associate coach, Jim Boylen, will take over as head coach.

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. He also served as head coach of the University of Utah from 2007-11. Boylen joined the Bulls on June 17, 2015. He's well-respected in the locker room and around the league.

The Bulls reportedly do not intend to hire an assistant to replace Boylen for now.

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