But as the Bulls get ready to start December, they've chose to make a coaching change.
The Chicago Bulls have fired head coach Fred Hoiberg, the team announced on Monday, with Jim Boylen taking his place. 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. Chicago has lost six straight games, including a 121-105 defeat at Houston on Saturday.
In a March 21, 2018, file image, Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg mans the bench against the Denver Nuggets at the United Center in Chicago. The Bulls have reportedly made a decision to fire head coach Fred Hoiberg after a 5-19 start to the season. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said Monday that Hoiberg would likely return to the college coaching ranks.
Hoiberg spent over three seasons in Chicago, with a 115-155 overall mark, but last season's 27-55 record was the Bulls' worst since 2003-04.
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Boylen started his career an National Basketball Association coach in 1992 as an assistant with the Houston Rockets, where Mainer John Killelea, a former Celtics coach, was an assistant.
Boylen has been with the Bulls since Jun. 17, 2015. Denzel Valentine (ankle), Kris Dunn (knee) and Bobby Portis (knee) have missed significant time and forward Lauri Markkanen didn't make his season debut until this past weekend because of an elbow 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.