Bulls fire head coach Hoiberg, promote Boylen


Head coach Fred Hoiberg of the Chicago Bulls watches as his team takes on the Toronto Raptors at United Center on November 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic were among the departures as the Bulls tried to find the right formula.

Rumors have been swirling around the Chicago Bulls brass for a couple seasons now on whether or not a coaching change was coming, that day finally came.

"What I hope we can do is own "Bulls" across our chest better", said Boylen. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said Monday that Hoiberg would likely return to the college coaching ranks. 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. He played four seasons under coach Skip Chappelle at UMaine, where he was an All-North Atlantic Conference pick. He scored 19 points and dished out eight assists in that game.

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In the three seasons he has been at the helm, the Bulls have missed the playoffs twice and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

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. 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.

The 7-foot Markkanen is perhaps the centerpiece of Chicago's rebuilding plan, but Hoiberg won't be around to see it through.