Bulls fire Hoidberg; Jim Boylen takes over as coach

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The hope was that the freewheeling style Hoiberg 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 in three-plus seasons with the Bulls.

Jim Boylen of the Chicago Bulls directs his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game on April 1. The same can be said about Paxson, but he doesn't have a cat-sounding name, so the pun didn't work so well. We think he has the intangibles to be a really good head coach. And I told the players that earlier today.

"For us to sit here and think that just because we're getting guys back (we'll improve), I think that would've masked the problems that we've seen", Paxson said.

Paxson also put to rest any questions about general manager Gar Forman's job security, saying, "Gar is absolutely safe". The Bulls would end up making the playoffs in his second season after they finished with a 41-41 record, but they quickly chose to blow the team up after. Paxson and Forman were there to relieve him of his duties. And he handled a lot of hard situations with class. This decision wasn't based on our record.

"We were in a similar situation a year ago at this time", Paxson said. Poor record. But the entire energy about this group was different then. "And we were lacking that". "And yes, the injuries have played a part in us not being able to do that". We gave Fred opportunities. He said all of the assistant coaches will be retained and he will add G League Windy City Bulls coach Dean Cooper to the staff. "Jim is going to be our coach". On paper, Chicago looked like a team that could have a chance to at least compete for a playoff spot in a weaker Eastern Conference, but that simply has not been the case and Hoiberg is clearly taking the blame for that, as opposed to say, the weird ill-fitting roster. This was best exemplified by Jimmy Butler undermining Hoiberg following a December 2015 loss at the Knicks. However, I felt this was the right choice for our organisation at this time. "I understand the pressure and the expectations to get this turned around quickly". Neither piece was best suited for Hoiberg's preferred offensive philosophy. They got Markkanen, Dunn and Zach LaVine and appeared to be on the right track last season, with their competitiveness and player development.

The Sun-Times has learned that Hoiberg was caught off guard. Seeing that the league was shifting more towards the perimeter, Chicago chose to bring in former college coach Fred Hoiberg.

Hoiberg, who was in the fourth season of a five-year contract, knew entering this season he was on the hot seat.

He replaced Tom Thibodeau, who was sacked after five seasons.

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