Fred Hoiberg is no coach at least at the NBA level. Maybe he could have potential at coaching little kids but he is a joke of a coach and does not belong in the NBA.
The Bulls record has gotten worst each year he’s coached. In 2015, the Bulls went 42-40. In 2016, Bulls went 41-41 and in 2017 they finished 27-55. Just horrible and unacceptable. The stagnant offense and poor transition defense and poor defense in general is solely Fred Hoibergs fault.
But it was the two knuckle heads that hired him is where the real problem is. John Paxson, I am grateful for him hitting the clutch three pointer to seal the Championship for the Bulls. But him and Gar Forman do not belong in management of a professional team.
Looking back at the Jimmy Butler trade to the Minnesota Timberwolves adding the 16th overall pick to the deal was totally unnecessary. Jimmy Butler was one of the best players in the League at the time. Top 5, he’s a two-way player, could score from anywhere and could defend just as good or better than anyone else. Trading him was a dumb move, adding the 16th overall to the deal was even more dumb.
Trading away Jordan Bell for cash…ranks pretty high up there amongst one of the dumbest moves by a NBA team. An athletic big that is great defensively, great shot blocker, fairly quick for a big man, smart player that can pass the ball well and finish at the rim very well given up by the Bulls…for cash…unheard-of..except with the Bulls management.
From here on, I’m going to list a lot of the dumb moves that Paxson and later Gar Foreman have done since Paxson became Vice President in 2003.
– Traded Lonny Baxter, Donyell Marshall and Jalen Rose to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Antonio Davis, Chris Jefferies and Jerome Williams. Jalen Rose and Donyel Marshall are much better players than those three. Antonio Davis was decent.
– Traded Dikembe Mutombo to the Houston Rockets for Eric Piatkowski, Adrian Griffin and Mike Wilks. None of those players brought any value for Dikembe who was fairly up there in age but could still defend.
– Bulls received the draft rights to No. 4 pick Tyrus Thomas and Viktor Khryapa from Portland in exchange for the draft rights to No. 2 pick LaMarcus Aldridge (Texas) and a future second-round pick. LaMarcus was an All star, Tyrus Thomas had potential but didn’t amount to anything outstanding except for some highlight reels because of his jumping ability.
– Bulls signed Ben Wallace despite already having Tyrus Thomas to a 4-year contract for a whopping $60 million starting at almost $14 million a year. One of the dumbest moves ever by the Bulls, he was redundant because Tyrus Thomas is the same exact player and they over paid Wallace. Wallace didn’t do well because the Bulls had no coach and never had a good coach until Tom Thibodeau who could coach defense but not offense.
– Bulls trade J.R. Smith to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Howard Eisley and two 2007 second-round draft picks from the Nuggets. Eisley was about 33 years old at this point and J.R. was young. Eisley was on his last years and was only a good back up PG in his Utah Jazz days.
– Bulls draft Joakim Noah despite already having Ben Wallace and Tyrus Thomas all of which can’t shoot to save their lives and only can play defense. That being said Noah was a good pick but just wasn’t a good fit for the Bulls at the time, I recall Jim Boylan playing all three on the floor at the same time…great defense but 0 offense.
– Bulls hired Vinny Delnegro as Head Coach…just another horrible decision.
– Bulls traded John Salmons and Bulls’ second round picks in 2011 and 2012 to Milwaukee for Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander. John Salmons was playing well for the Bulls so this trade made zero sense and they also gave up draft picks when John Salmons is a much better player than both those two combined. John Salmons averaged 12.7 points, 1.3 steals, 2.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds. Shot 49% from the field and hit 38 percent of his threes. While Hakim Warrick averaged 10.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, shot 48% from the field and 17 percent from 3 point range. Joe on the other hand average 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds. John Salmons played very well for the Bulls and this was the best they could get for him?
-Bulls traded Kirk Hinrich, the draft rights to No. 17 pick Kevin Seraphin and cash to Washington, in exchange for the draft rights to Vladimir Veremeenko. Kirk was still a fairly valuable player for the Bulls at the time, was a pretty good defender and averaged 10.9 points, 1 steal, 4 assists, 2.5 rebounds, shot 48 percent from the field, 37% three point shooting. A No. 17 pick was also given away for..who? Vladimir Veremeenko who apparently didn’t play a game in the NBA.
– Bulls traded Kyle Korver for a 2nd…round…pick… not a first round a 2nd..round pick… Kyle Korver was Chicago’s best three point shooter since Steve Kerr. Was superbly helpful during the Bulls stagnant offense and at times struggled to score, Kyle could knock down them threes. Trading him was already a mistake, trading him for ONLY a second round pick was a disaster, absolute tragedy! Kyle was worth way more than that.
This is the type of disaster the Chicago Bulls management is, from dismantling the Jordan Dynasty because they didn’t want to bring back Phil Jackson to firing Tom Thibodeau to bring in Fred Hoiberg to replace him…. John Paxson, Gar Forman and Fred Hoiberg all need to be fired and replaced with competent Management who know to scout talent, hire an experienced coach like Larry Brown who knows how to get the Bulls to play the right way on both ends of the floor. A management that pick the right draft picks and make smart trades to keep improving the team rather than focusing on filling their pockets like John Paxson and Gar Forman.
The biggest reason the Chicago Bulls management can get away with all this is because the Bulls fan…Bull fans continue to show up to games despite all drama and crappy basketball being displayed. Chicago Bull fans are so loyal but this franchise needs an overhaul starting with the management and the Bull fans need to boycott the games and hold picket signs outside the United Center to demand to fire Fred Hoiberg, John Paxson and Gar Forman!
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