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Bulls brass expects Fred Hoiberg to ‘find ways to be a better leader’

The Chicago Bulls enjoyed a decent season despite myriad obstacles and a fair share of drama. A 41-41 record allowed the Bulls to sneak into the playoffs, although it was a short stint, losing in the first round to the top-seeded Boston Celtics after staking themselves a 2-0 series lead.

Bulls executive vice president John Paxson earlier this week did somewhat praise to Fred Hoiberg for the team’s relative success. But Paxson also tempered his tepid compliments by stating the organization’s expectation that Hoiberg improve on several fronts.

“Fred’s challenge this season is to find ways to be a better leader. He showed progress in that area. The team did rally around him at times,” Paxson said, via theĀ Chicago Tribune. “But that’s part of the process. We made the commitment to him. We support him. And we’re in this with him. That’s how an organization has to work.”

Hoiberg did face major obstacles this season, including drama involving Rajon Rondo and reports that the team’s star players would tune him out at times.

Paxson went on to cite faults in Hoiberg’s in-game coaching, including “too much inconsistency in the rotations and trying to plug holes from game to game,” among other things.

“That’s stuff we talked to Fred about during the year, and we’ll continue to,” Paxson added. “Our expectation is our young guys will have a more defined, consistent role.”

While Paxson’s critique of Hoiberg’s coaching arguably has some merit. There is one Bulls observer, however, who suggests the dysfunctional Bulls front office are being disingenuous at a minimum by criticizing Hoiberg in such an outright manner.

The closing passages of a column from the Chicago Tribune’s Steve Rosenbloom.

Paxson and Forman set up their coach to fail, and he failed. And so have they. Good job all the way around, guys.

It would appear, then, that the only people dumber than Bulls ownership, management wonks and the coach are fans and corporate sponsors who spend good money for a bad and stupid product.

A damning indictment of the Bulls organization, to say the least.