The fate of an NBA coach can be exceedingly fickle, and Fred Hoiberg is only the latest example.
Hoiberg is out of a job, fired Monday after compiling a 115-155 record over three full seasons and the first 24 games this year with the Chicago Bulls.
He landed in Chicago one year after being on the Warriors' short list of candidates in 2014, when they hired Steve Kerr.
Kerr took note of his good fortune, which obviously contrasts with Hoiberg's experience in Chicago.
"I look at Fred Hoiberg today, who was released by the Bulls," Kerr said prior to the Warriors-Hawks game in Atlanta. "Fred never had a chance, without really any talent to work with to build something.
"I was blessed with talent from Day 1 -- an incredible amount of talent. So I'm privileged. I'm lucky."
Kerr entered Monday with a 280-72 record as the Warriors' coach. The team has made four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, winning three titles. He's coaching four All-Stars -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson -- and soon will add a fifth in DeMarcus Cousins.
Hoiberg had Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson for his first two seasons, posting an 83-81 record during that span. After making the decision prior to last season to trade Butler and Gibson and start rebuilding, the Bulls finished 27-55.
The three most important words in real estate are said to be "location, location and location." The three most important words in NBA coaching circles are "ownership, management and talent."
The distance between the Bay Area and Chicago is vast. So, too, are the decisions made by ownership and management, as well as the differences in talent on the teams.