Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Bulls Fire Head Coach Fred Hoiberg

Bulls Fire Head Coach Fred Hoiberg

In the wake of Fred Hoiberg's firing on Monday morning, Jim Boylen has been promoted from assistant to head coach of the Chicago Bulls.

While a handful of front office members had often been scouting in recent weeks amid another rebuilding season for the Bulls, executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson had maintained his usual presence around a struggling team. He compiled a 115-155 mark in his tenure, but last season's 27-55 record was the Bulls' worst since 2003-04. They have lost their last six games.

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In light of all of the awful player personnel decisions, bad draft picks, and mediocre results during their tenure, remarkably they were allowed to decide who the next coach will be to lead this team at a critical juncture.

Boylen has been with the Bulls since Jun. 17, 2015. Hoiberg had been115-56 at Iowa State, including four straight NCAA tournament appearances and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles.

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The circumstances were different, but the results were disappointing.

Returning to the National Basketball Association, where he was involved in two championships with Houston, Boylen joined in coach Frank Vogel's staff. Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic were among the departures as the Bulls tried to find the right formula. He did spend four years as the head coach at the University of Utah. The same can be said about Paxson, but he doesn't have a cat-sounding name, so the pun didn't work so well. The Bulls then signed veterans Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo - odd fits for Hoiberg's offense - and got knocked out by Boston in the first round of the playoffs. And we have a lot to play for in this program and this place. When you bring in a coach with a particular style of play and are about to embark on a rebuild, you generally want the personnel to match. Boylen's first game in charge is Tuesday at in, where he landed as an assistant coach in 2011 after his four-year Ute tenure ended.

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