Yes, we got breaking news her sports fans. In a move that cost me $10, the Chicago Bulls are the first team to fire their head coach this season. The team has decided to move on from former Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg. After going having a paltry 115-155 career record in the NBA, the Bulls decided to pull the trigger on Hoiberg, and promote associate head coach Jim Boylen to take over as the permanent head coach.
While I am not one to generally make excuses, I can feel bad for Fred. They traded away his only All-Star for a point guard that can’t shoot (Kris Dunn), a wing that can’t play defense (Zach Lavine), and a draft pick that turned into a big that also can’t play defense (Lauri Markkanen). He also isn’t responsible for the signing of a guard that can’t play defense (Cam Payne) and wing/big that also can’t play defense (Jabari Parker). He also isn’t responsible for having $40 million of their cap locked up for the next 3-4 years between two young stars that continually are hurt AND can’t play defense (Lavine and Parker).
All in all, I am not surprised by this occurring. Rumblings had been occurring that the Bulls organization was not happy with their poor start to the season (now sitting at 5-19). I assumed that Hoiberg would make it to the end of this year and not have his contract renewed…which would have been the smarter thing to me. While I get “let’s just get him out of here” philosophy for some coaches, I did not get that feeling from Hoiberg.
Of course, this is still just me trying to justify the actions of a terrible owner. The Bulls gave Hoiberg this team, and they expected him to make the playoffs. That is a laughable aspiration for a team struggling to not be a top 5 pick. Get real Bulls, you’re only prolonging the inevitable rebuild.
…and for all you wondering, yes, my money was on the Sacramento Dumpster Fires (I mean Kings, my bad) to fire first.