The Bulls firing Fred Hoiberg may not be the biggest surprise in the NBA, but that doesn't mean everyone around the league thinks it should have happened.
Former Bulls players and current Warriors coach Steve Kerr came to Hoiberg's defense on Monday.
Steve Kerr on Fred Hoiberg, who was fired by the Bulls today: ‘Fred never had a chance.’— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) December 3, 2018
"I look at this as a privilege to coach great talent," Kerr said. "You know I look at Fred Hoiberg today, who was released by the Bulls. Fred never had a chance without really any talent to work with, to build something."
It's nothing unique to see one coach come to the defense of another, but it does paint the picture of Kerr somewhat disagreeing with the decision to oust Hoiberg.
Kerr may have a point as well. Hoiberg got the Bulls to the playoffs in his second year, where an injury to Rajon Rondo derailed the Bulls after going up 2-0 on the road against the Celtics. Then, the Bulls traded away Jimmy Butler the following offseason, shifting into a rebuild. The Bulls were among the teams that appeared to be tanking for a higher draft pick.
Then, this season, Hoiberg was dealt a number of key injuries to start the season. He never got to field a full strength starting five this season, and was down multiple starters for almost every game this season.