Bulls fire Hoiberg, call it ‘right choice for our organization’

Fred Hoiberg led the Bulls to one playoff appearance in his three-plus seasons as head coach.

The Chicago Bulls have fired coach Fred Hoiberg after three-and-a-half seasons and a 5-19 record, the team announced Monday morning.

Assistant coach Jim Boylen has been named Hoiberg’s replacement.

“There’s no interim in Boylen’s title because he’s well regarded throughout management and ownership and has a chance to win the job permanently,” K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported.

Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said the decision to fire Hoiberg was a difficult one. According to league sources, the Bulls reached the decision Sunday.

“However, I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time,” Paxson said in a statement.

“After a thorough evaluation, I elected to make this move with the overall development of our team in mind. 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.

“I want to thank Fred for his dedication and efforts, as well as for his enduring commitment to our team.”

Hoiberg finished his Bulls tenure with a 115-155 record and one playoff appearance.