It’s been quite a disappointing season for the rebuilding Chicago Bulls. The Bulls have so much young talent, but they haven’t seemed to unify just yet. A large part of that is due to injury, but more importantly, the coaching staff. That’s why, on Monday afternoon, Bulls general manager Gar Forman decided to fire head coach, Fred Hoiberg.
John Paxton, the Vice President of basketball operations for the Chicago Bulls was quoted as saying that the move is mostly due to Hoiberg’s lack of “energy and spirit”. Energy and spirit, and although it might not sound very technical, it’s very important for any sports team – especially a very young team like the Chicago Bulls. It’s important to teach your young players how to be part of a team, and simply enough, Fred Hoiberg wasn’t able to do that. Hoiberg is a great coach, and is very smart, but wasn’t what the Bulls needed in order to accomplish what they would like to accomplish this season.
Another factor in the firing of Fred is the Bulls’ unsuccessful start to the season: The Bulls are 5-19 to start the season, and that just won’t cut it if you want to become a great team. Sure, it can earn you a good lottery pick, but that just adds more young talent to a team that is already full of that. It’s experience that the Bulls lack the most. Chicago’s goal was not to tank this season, meaning that they purposely lose games to retain good odds in the draft lottery. Instead, the Bulls organisation are trying to be the best team that they can be.
A portion of the unsuccessful start is due to injuries piling up for Chicago as well: Denzel Valentine, Kris Dunn, Bobby Portis, and Lauri Markkanen have all missed a significant amount of time with the team due to various injuries.
Associate head coach, Jim Boylen has now been promoted to head coach of the Chicago Bulls in place of Hoiberg. Boylen has lots of experience coaching, as he was assisting Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, when the Spurs made the NBA finals two times in a row. Now with the keys to a young team, Boylen should be able to use his experience of learning from Popovich and apply that knowledge in Chicago. This will hopefully result in the Bulls succeeding in the near future with players starting to return from injuries.