Chicago Bulls fire Fred Hoiberg, promote Jim Boylen to head coach
The Bulls fired head coach Fred Hoiberg Monday after a 5-19 start to the season, but the president of basketball operations John Paxson said the move is less about the record and more about an “energy and a spirit” that the team is lacking.
Associate head coach Jim Boylen has been promoted to head coach to remedy the problem.
Fred Hoiberg arrived in Chicago hyped as an offensive guru who could modernize the Bulls, but the team’s lack of coherent vision and leadership ultimately led to his downfall.
“I hope what we can do is own Bulls across our chest better,” Boylen said on Monday morning. “I don’t think we’ve owned it very well. And we have a lot to play for in this program and this place. So, to me, that’s where its got to go. Who we’re playing for, what city was representing, and I’m going to preach those things every day.”
Hoiberg was named the head coach in Chicago on June 2, 2015, after spending five seasons as head coach at Iowa State where the former Cyclones player was nicknamed “The Mayor.” During his time with the Bulls, he coached the team to a record of 115-155. His 155 losses are the fifth most by a coach in Bulls franchise history.
The Bulls have lost six consecutive games and 10 of their past 11. Chicago’s 5-19 start is tied for fifth worst in team history, trailing only Hoiberg’s team from last season and three of the teams after the breakup of the Michael Jordan-led Bulls: 1999-00, 2000-01 and 2001-02.