When a team has a frustrating and disappointing season like the Chicago Bulls 2016-17 campaign, blame gets passed around everywhere.
Some people blame the players, some people blame the coach, some people blame the executives who put the team together. But at the end of the day, it only matters who the organization views as the problem, as they decide who will be around next year and who won’t.
According to this blunt response from Bulls general manager Gar Forman, the front office is not blaming Chicago head coach Fred Hoiberg, and you can expect to see him on the sidelines again next year.
.@thekapman asked Gar point blank if Hoiberg would be back next year. He said he would.
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) February 24, 2017
Hoiberg has received a fair share of criticism from fans and, more importantly, from his players. There have been multiple occasions when Bulls star Jimmy Butler has criticized his head coach.
There have been similar rumors that Forman and Bulls Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson will return next year, making the status of the Bulls a bit confusing. Perhaps the trade deadline dealing of Bulls forwards Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson signals the start of a rebuild that the organization feels can be handled by the team currently in place.