Chicago Bulls: Fred Hoiberg was never given a fair shot

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Boylen, 53, was promoted Monday as coach of the Chicago Bulls, after the team fired Fred Hoiberg.

"Decisions like this one are never easy to make, however I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time", John Paxson, the Bulls' executive vice president of basketball operations, said in a statement.

The Bulls are in 14th place in the Eastern Conference, ahead of only the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls were not expected to contend this season, so the dubious record is not surprising, but Hoiberg overall has been a disappointment since being hired away from Iowa State in 2015 to take over for Tom Thibodeau.

Boylen said he will add Dean Cooper from the Bulls G league affiliate, Windy City, to the coaching staff. Boylen said he plans to meet with players and coaches individually in IN this evening to discuss their respective roles on the team. "What we're lacking.is a spirit about our team".

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Boylen, who said he talked to Hoiberg on Monday morning, said he will be "forever grateful to Fred and the opportunity he gave me". He did a lot of good things for us. Hoiberg went 115-56 with the Cyclones, including four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles. Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic were among the departures as the Bulls tried to find the right formula. He was the head coach at the University of Utah (2007-2011), leading the Utes to a 69-60 record.

Hoiberg's first season began with championship aspirations but quickly devolved because of a divided locker room and a team on its last legs. Although LaVine returned healthy this season, injuries piled up even worse, with Markkanen missing the first six weeks with an elbow sprain, Kris Dunn missing all but one game so far with a left knee sprain, and Denzel Valentine out for the rest of the season as he recovers from surgery for an ankle injury.

Coincidentally, another Jim Boylan - different spelling - landed the interim head coaching job when Paxson fired Skiles.

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