The Chicago Bulls head coach, Fred Hoiberg, has been put in a real bad position to coach in the windy city. Chicago is starting the season off with 34–38 record, and sitting out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference, as Hoiberg was assigned to the Bulls after they let go of former head coach, Tom Thibedou.
The Bulls felt like they needed more of an offensive minded coach to take them over the hump. However, things haven’t been right, and Hoiberg didn’t take the Bulls to the playoffs last year, while he is still trying to figure out what to do with his ball club. The “Fred Hoiberg on the hot seat” speculation is not all on him; you can blame it on the Bulls front office.
The second-year coach’s style of offense is drag screens, pick and pop, shooting 3s, having a stretch 4, and using more of a face pace style offense. Chicago’s offense is supposed to be similar to what the Houston Rockets run. Chicago is ranked 21 in offensive efficiency. As a team, their true shooting percentage is ranked 28th in the league (True Shooting Percentage — what a team’s shooting percentage would be if we accounted for free throws and three-pointers) and ranked 21st in the league in pace. So, why isn’t this offensive minded coach not working for the Bulls?
The front office should be the ones to blame here. They didn’t deal Hoiberg the right cards to help this team win more games. The Bulls FO traded away Chicago native Derrick Rose and upcoming player Justin Holliday. They also let go of Chicago home player Joakim Noah. The reason behind those transactions, was because the Bulls wanted to rebuild and start fresh. The cause of those trades is because their FO thought “the team must get younger, more athletic.” It was only excused to get rid of their favorite crowd players, and Bulls got older by signing Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, both players are over 28 and known as veterans around the league.
The front office didn’t get the right players to run Hoiberg’s offense. The Bull’s starting lineup consists of any players that can shoot from deep, but mostly of isolation type guys who drive to the rim.
The signing of Rajon Rondo seems to be the first bad move. The Bulls are out there playing four on five basketball because the defense is daring Rondo to shoot the ball and allowing them double team others. Rondo is shooting 40% from the field and 62% from the free throw line. With those stats, Rondo is a downgrade at the PG position. Dwyane Wade is shooting 43% and under 31% from beyond the arc. The Bulls management didn’t add the right players to help this team win games. The problem last year for the Bulls was getting out of scoring droughts during games, and the mindset in the offseason was to obtain more athletic and shooting players. The Bulls failed to do just that.
Now if you look at the team’s front office transactions this summer, they made numerous questionable moves.
That’s why the Chicago front office should be the ones on the hot seat, not Fred Hoiberg. Chicago still hasn’t been in trade rumors, nor have they made any moves to get the team to be better. The team’s record can be better than what’s showing if their bench can step up and make some threes. The Bulls are 30th in three point shots made, which was a concern coming into the season, that the Bulls still haven’t addressed. Chicago needs to acquire a downtown specialist because this league is starting to become a “live by the three or die by the three” game. If you cannot make the big shot, then it will be hard to win the big games. Windy City’s bench is 18th in the league when it comes to Ppg, so the Bulls need their bench to step up to take the load off Jimmy Butler. Chicago has only one streaky shooter on the court… Nikola Mirotic but due to injuries and lack of chemistry, both players are not getting enough playing time. The Bulls need to add a three point specialist to the bench to go alongside of Mirotic.
Other than Hoiberg getting a bad deck of cards, the issues in the locker room and with the front office are not going great this year. Most people thought that Derrick Rose was the problem, but it wasn’t. Jimmy Butler once told reporters that he felt like the front office was spying on them in the locker room. Another issue is that the front office couldn’t get their players to cooperate with each other. During the time the Bulls were on a losing streak Rondo, and Wade decided to have a heated argument over Instagram, questioning one another leadership skills. Additionally, the front office traded away their only sharpshooter for a point guard that got sent to the D-League because of poor performance and low shooting percentage. Lastly, the fans protested on March 7th, during a nationally televised TNT game, by making shirts that said “Fire GarPax” because there have been reports that Gar Forman and John Paxton jobs are safe heading into the offseason no matter if the Bulls make the playoffs or not.
Who remembers when the Bulls drafted Marquis Teague over Draymond Green in the 2012 Draft? Well, the Bulls former head coach Tom Thibodeau wanted to draft Green because he knew his defensive intensity was high. Instead, Bulls front office Gar Forman and John Paxson drafted Teague. The Chicago front office made a lot of bad moves in their time, and they don’t seem to be getting better. Another key trade that could have happened was in 2007, Kobe Bryant was about to become a Bull. The Bull’s front office didn’t want to trade Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng, and Joakim Noah.
The Bull’s cannot be trusted at this point. There have been latest reports with Jimmy Butler in the front office, with one person from management supposedly threatened Jimmy Butler to sign the $44 million contract extension or else they were going to bench him, which will take away his minutes and lower his stats. They threatened to give Tony Snell his spot on the team, and that’s the main reason why Jimmy Butler name has been in trade rumors lately.
The trust in the front office is not their from the players, that is for sure.
Fred Hoiberg shouldn’t be on the hot seat; the Chicago Bull’s front office should be the ones working their way out of Chicago. This team wants to rebuild, but having Gar & John in the front office is not the ideal situation for this rebuild.