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The Chicago Bulls hire Fred Hoiberg as coach

After parting ways with Tom Thibodeau, the Chicago Bulls tapped a familiar face to head the team. They hired a former Bulls player, Fred Hoiberg.

Hoiberg played with the Bulls for four seasons between 1999 through 2002. He experienced the early days of the team’s championship run, and is now charged with trying to bring those days back.

Hoiberg was coaching at Indiana State when the Bulls came calling. He is known as an offensive-minded coach, something the Bulls sorely needed.

Replacing a coach who fans really loved could be a difficult thing to do. Not only that, but some of the players really supported Thibodeau.

Jimmy Butler was the one player who went public with his feelings. He called Hoiberg out on his laid-back demeanor after a loss last week. He was asked about if the Bulls needed any changes, and this was his response:

"I believe in the guys in this locker room, yeah. But I also believe that we probably have to be coached a lot harder at times. I’m sorry, I know Fred’s a laid-back guy, and I really respect him for that, but when guys aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do, you got to get on guys, myself included. You got to do what you’re supposed to do when you’re out there playing basketball."

It is worth to note that Thibodeau’s record after 25 games was 16-9, while Hoiberg’s record was 15-10. Thibodeau had a brand new team to work with, while Hoiberg is dealing with many of those same players, but with five more years on them, and some broken down.

Perhaps we should wait a little longer before we start Hoiberg bashing.

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