Fred Hoiberg fired by Bulls after disastrous three years


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The Chicago Bulls have fired former Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg.

The Bulls are now 5-19 and sit in 14th place in the Eastern Conference. He led the Bulls to one postseason appearance in 2017 - as a No. 8 seed, Chicago was eliminated by Boston in six games. 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.

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It was a Monday morning surprise for fans of the team, even if they thought the move might come later in the season. "As a team, I believe it is imperative that we make unfaltering strides in the right direction and build the right habits to help put our players in the best position to evolve not only now, but into the future". In more than three seasons, the Bulls were 115-155 under Hoiberg. "I want to thank Fred for his dedication and efforts, as well as for his enduring commitment to our team". It was the front office that gave Cristiano Felicio a four-year, $32 million contract after he'd averaged just 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds a night during the 2016-17 season. Seeing that the league was shifting more towards the perimeter, Chicago made a decision to bring in former college coach Fred Hoiberg. The writing was on the wall for the Bulls to move on, although they may have done it sooner than many would have thought. He has spent more than 20 years in the National Basketball Association, where he also has been an assistant in Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee, Indiana and San Antonio.

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