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.
It was a Monday morning surprise for fans of the team, even if they thought the move might come later in the season. The Bulls would end up making the playoffs in his second season after they finished with a 41-41 record, but they quickly chose to blow the team up after. Boylen has been named the Bulls head coach. He has spent more than 20 years in the National Basketball Association, where he also has been an assistant in Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee, Indiana and San Antonio. Seeing that the league was shifting more towards the perimeter, Chicago chose to bring in former college coach Fred Hoiberg. He was the head coach at the University of Utah (2007-2011), leading the Utes to a 69-60 record. When the Bulls hired Hoiberg in 2015, it was a move that put emphasis on youth movement. The Bulls used that pick for 7-foot power forward Lauri Markkanen. Although LaVine returned healthy this season, injuries piled up even worse, with Markkanen missing the first six weeks with an elbow sprain, Kris Dunn missing all but one game so far with a left knee sprain, and Denzel Valentine out for the rest of the season as he recovers from surgery for an ankle injury.
Hoiberg, 46, guided the Bulls to one postseason appearance, losing to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2017 Eastern Conference playoffs.