Bulls fire head coach Hoiberg

Heather Diaz
December 6, 2018

"And that's what we were looking at".

The Bulls announced on Monday morning that they have relieved Fred Hoiberg of his duties as head coach of the team. He guided Iowa State to a pair of top ten finishes in his last two seasons in Ames, but accumulated just a 115-155 record with one short playoff trip as an National Basketball Association head coach. For all the acclaim he received for his coaching acumen in being hired in June 2015, Hoiberg never firmly instituted a culture in the eyes of his bosses. He played four seasons under coach Skip Chappelle at UMaine, where he was an All-North Atlantic Conference pick. The same can be said about Paxson, but he doesn't have a cat-sounding name, so the pun didn't work so well.

"We acknowledge that Fred had to deal with a lot of hard circumstances while he was here", Paxson said, adding that the Bulls have been "lacking energy and a spirit".

Hoiberg's first season began with championship aspirations but quickly devolved because of a divided locker room and a team on its last legs. "What we're lacking.is a spirit about our team". He has a passion and energy to him that I think our players will respond to. We need a voice and someone who can at least try. Individual development is not the same as the development of a team and a style of play and how you want to go about it. You have to get your guys to buy in and be connected.

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While LaVine, Dunn, and Markkanen all have showed promise with the Bulls, all three have been hampered by injuries.

Paxson also appeared disturbed by the Bulls' lack of offensive continuity. They ranked 23rd, 20th, 28th and 30th in offensive efficiency over the past four seasons, respectively.

"We were in a similar situation previous year at this time". We felt that here in the last several weeks, that something's different. Mirotic missed 23 games and both players played well until Mirotic's trade to the Pelicans in January.

Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for 670TheScore.com and covers the Bulls.

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