Fred Hoiberg fired as Chicago Bulls coach

Fred Hoiberg Ousted as Bulls Head Coach

CHICAGO - The skidding Chicago Bulls fired coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday and promoted associate head coach Jim Boylen in hopes of lifting the team from the bottom of the standings.

"Decisions like this one are never easy to make, however I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time".

The Bulls are a relatively young team this season but have seemingly been going backward of late, losing six straight games. 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.

It was the front office that, over the course of the last two seasons, traded two of the team's best shooters in Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic.

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"After a thorough evaluation, I elected to make this move with the overall development of our team in mind", Paxson said in a statement.

Hoiberg, who was in the fourth year of a five-year $25 million contract, exits with a record of 115-155. His 33 years of coaching experience includes 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association, highlighted by National Basketball Association championships with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995 and the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.

Boylen's lone head coaching job was in the NCAA with Division I Utah from 2007-11 where he finished with a 69-60 record and led the Utes to one NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009.

Hoiberg, 46, coached at Iowa State from 2010-15 and was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2012. When the Bulls hired Hoiberg in 2015, it was a move that put emphasis on youth movement.

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