After just three seasons as head coach of the Chicago Bulls, Fred Hoiberg has been fired. The Bulls will be lead for now by Jim Boylen. Hoiberg was hired by the organization before the 2015-16 season to replace current Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau. In his first season leading the charge, Hoiberg piloted the Bulls to a 42-40 record. The following season, the team finished at.500 with a 41-41 record before losing to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
After their playoff-bound season, the tides began to change as Chicago ended up trading superstar Jimmy Butler away to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The youth dominant and extremely raw Bulls team finished the year 27-55 but showed flashes of greatness at times including a 10-6 record in December of last year. Without big man Lauri Markkanen playing in the first 23 games of this season, The Bulls have found themselves at a disappointing 5-19 fork in the road scenario, where they made the decision to start fresh with a new head coach. This team is not in a “win-now mode” as the core of the franchise rests on the laurels of their young stars to continually progress and develop. Chicago must fortify around their youth and continue to develop and build in order to return to their days of basketball stardom.