Chicago Bulls fire coach Fred Hoiberg, Jim Boylen takes over

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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.

The Chicago Bulls fired head coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday, December 3, following the team's dismal start to the season which has left them near the foot of the Eastern Conference standings. It's a major step for the team who are finally starting to get a few healthy starters into the lineup as the new year approaches.

Hoiberg, who was in the fourth year of a five-year $25 million contract, exits with a record of 115-155.

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Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson said the move was hard but was necessary with the Bulls mired at 5-19, with only two teams with worse records.

Boylen, 53, has served on the Chicago staff since June 17, 2015, most recently as associate head coach. Markkanen played his first game of the season Saturday in a 16-point loss to the Houston Rockets. "After a thorough evaluation, I elected to make this move with the overall development of our team in mind", Bulls executive vice president John Paxson announced in a statement Monday morning. As an assistant, Boylen won National Basketball Association championships in 1994 and 1995 with the Houston Rockets and in 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs. He was the head coach at the University of Utah (2007-2011), leading the Utes to a 69-60 record.

The Bulls are a relatively young team this season but have seemingly been going backward of late, losing six straight games.

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