Chicago Bulls: Fred Hoiberg was never given a fair shot


Fred Hoiberg's stint in Chicago is officially over as the the team announced its decision to fire the head coach following a 5-19 start to the season.

The circumstances were different, but the results were just as disappointing. Chicago is averaging 103.4 points - 28th in the National Basketball Association - and is getting outscored by 9.6 per game.

Along with the Bulls, Boylen has served as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs.

The 7-foot Markkanen is perhaps the centerpiece of Chicago's rebuilding plan, but Hoiberg won't be around to see it through.

The 53-year-old Michigan native has been an assistant coach in both college and the National Basketball Association for most of the last 30 years, getting his first gig at Michigan State University in 1987. Paxson and Forman have hired Bill Cartwright, Scott Skiles, Vinny Del Negro, Tom Thibodeau and Hoiberg. He did spend four years as the head coach at the University of Utah. 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.

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With the Bulls, the team missed the playoffs twice and lost in the first round once during Hoiberg's tenure.

Following his first run in Chicago, the Bulls chose to pair All-Star Jimmy Butler - who shot just 31.2 percent from distance the year prior - with Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade, who have combined to shoot just 31.1 from outside over the course of their careers.

"We believe Jim will be able to effect change", Paxson said. We felt that there were a lot of things that needed to be addressed. And he handled a lot of hard situations with class.

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

NOTE: Boylen said Dean Cooper - an assistant with the G League's Windy City Bulls - will join his staff.