Fred Hoiberg fired as Chicago Bulls coach

Bulls fire Fred Hoiberg with matchup against Thunder looming this week

Bulls fire Fred Hoiberg with matchup against Thunder looming this week

Seven years after being fired by the University of Utah, Jim Boylen is an National Basketball Association head coach.

Along with the Bulls, Boylen has served as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs. He was the head coach at the University of Utah (2007-2011), leading the Utes to a 69-60 record. Hoiberg had an interesting start to his coaching career with Chicago when they hired him in 2015, as he battled it out with the veterans on the team at the time.

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This season, Hoiberg has had Portis for only four games, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen for one each and Denzel Valentine for zero. Or the Bulls last coach, current Minnesota Timberwolves head man Tom Thibodeau. We gave Fred opportunities.

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While this firing may come as a surprise - Hoiberg never seriously appeared to be on the hot seat - there was some writing on the wall.

The Bulls signed Hoiberg in 2015 to a five-year, $25 million contract. Hoiberg had been115-56 at Iowa State, including four straight NCAA tournament appearances and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles. During his stint in Chicago, the Nebraska native coached the team to an overall record of 115-155.

The circumstances were different, but the results were just as disappointing. Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic were among the departures as the Bulls tried to find the right formula.

Hoiberg's recipe for success was clear to everyone who followed his team, everyone except those running the Bulls organization.

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