Fred Hoiberg will not survive beyond this season as the Bulls head coach.
It might not come at Christmas or even by February. Heck, it might drag on until April, when the 2018-19 campaign has come to another long, disappointing end, but it will come.
The writing on the wall is building, the narrative is already being spun.
Hoiberg will be the latest fall guy, while this organization will once again have missed the real target.
If Hoiberg doesn’t see Year 5 of his five-year contract and general manager Gar Forman doesn’t take the fall for this along the way, it is the organization knocking on the door of every single Bulls fan and season-ticket holder, kicking at it, and sticking both middle fingers up when it’s opened.
It is chairman Jerry Reinsdorf telling his fan base “I don’t give a damn what you think.’’
This is no longer about Reinsdorf’s blind loyalty to front office personnel, it has turned into flat-out defiance. Defiance to a message that is loud and clear – Forman has failed miserably in his current post.