Before the dust could settle on the Chicago Bulls' historic defeat against the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, a message was written on a dry erase board inside the coach's office of the United Center's home locker room.
The Associate Head Coach Jim Boylen has been promoted to head coach.
Hoiberg was named Chicago's head coach in June 2015 after spending five seasons as head coach at Iowa State.
The Bulls are a relatively young team this season but have seemingly been going backward of late, losing six straight games. After a thorough evaluation, I elected to make this move with the overall development of our team in mind. "And I think eventually, everybody was like, 'Yo, they're either going to build the team around Jimmy, or they're going to go the route with Fred, the up-and-down, shoot a lot of threes (style)".
Despite being axed from his job in Chicago, Fred Hoiberg reportedly still wants to coach in the National Basketball Association rather than return to the college game. He had a record of 115-155 in his tenure in Chicago. The Bulls would end up making the playoffs in his second season after they finished with a 41-41 record, but they quickly made a decision to blow the team up after. LaVine played only 24 games last season, after tearing the ACL in his left knee.
Hoiberg was in the fourth season of a guaranteed five-year deal worth a reported $25 million. The writing was on the wall for the Bulls to move on, although they may have done it sooner than many would have thought.