Head Coach

After dropping three lethargic game at the United Center, generic it’s looking like it could be a blue Christmas for our Bulls. Even before last night’s loss at home, discount Jimmy Butler spoke out about new head coach Fred Hoiberg and definitely may have ruffled some feathers. It’s been an inconsistent transition from over-bearing defensive guru Tom Thibodeau to laid back fast-paced focused Fred Hoiberg this season, but it was the Bulls loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday that pushed Butler to the edge of frustration.

Butler and Hoiberg apparently met for an hour on Sunday before facing the Nets on Monday night and hashed out frustrations and are “on the same page.” Hoiberg opted for the high road and said he instills open communication with his players and that talking things through is the best policy. He also mentioned that being the team leader is a new role for Butler who had been the scrappy underdog player fighting for respect. He also believe in Butler’s talent, his passion, his work ethic and thinks he can be great at it, but there are still some growing pains (like opening your big mouth in front of 10 TV cameras…did I say that out loud?)

Brought up in the league under Thibodeau, who for a better lack of words was rather harsh, I’m sure it’s  most frustrating for Jimmy-B to see his teammates playing with a lack of passion. Thibs was tough, but he often brought out the best in his players. He just played them for far too many minutes and burnt them out. So far, Hoiberg seems more like the guy who’s super chill, great to grab a beer with, but probably not your number one choice to back you up in a fight. He’s too easy going.

Jimmy later admitted that publicly criticizing coach Hoiberg probably wasn’t the best route. He also added that the media blew the statement out of proportion, I mean it was fresh bait just dangling in front of journalists faces. You can’t trash talk and not expect it to catch fire Mr. Butler. However, it was more like a light trash talk. Hoiberg is easy going, he didn’t say anything untrue. Things used to get far more heated in the lockroom back in the Jordan, Pippen, Rodman days. Come on you drama queens.

“I know what we have here (knows) what it takes to win. People are going to think what they want to think. Yeah, I said coach, but then again when we all talked about it, talked about it with my teammates, it’s on us. We’re the ones that have to go out there and play,’’ Butler said.

A few things are clear after Butler’s comments. He is the leader of this Bulls team. Money aside (he’s got that big fat 5-year deal), Butler’s on-court production and off-court persona allows him to claim the franchise player role. He’s doing it all and on his way to his second-straight All-Star game. The fact that he felt confident enough to make Saturday’s comments and know people would listen is a step in the right direction. He’s only going to get better as the Bulls leader.

I’m not worried about Jimmy and his PC criticism. I’m far more concerned about the overall identity of this Bulls team.

 

 

 

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After five seasons, case zero NBA championships and a reputation of running starting players into the ground, viagra the Chicago Bulls dismissed head coach Tom Thibodeau after last season. I know, doctor I know. He may have won Coach of the Year in 2013, but being a stubborn arse doesn’t get you any where in life. In June, Chicago hired Fred Hoiberg to take over at head coach. If you’re like myself and took a quick break from NBA basketball after the Michael Jordan era, you may be thinking “who is this Fred Hoiberg guy?” Well, let me give you the low down.

First, lets give this handsome fella a quick search on google image. I mean, thank you for the eye candy Bulls. Compared to Thibodeau (who I swear looked like Danny DeVito’s Penguin villain in Batman), Hoiberg is literally a male model.

More importantly, let us learn a bit about why this man is qualified to coach an NBA basketball team. Hoiberg was most recently the head coach for Iowa State and basically the mayor/savior of Ames, Iowa. He grew up in Ames, played basketball in Ames and is notably the most popular player in Iowa State basketball history. After college Hoiberg was drafted as a Shooting Guard by the Indiana Pacers in 1995 and after four years was picked up by the Chicago Bulls as a free agent. Unfortunately, Hoiberg was a Bull during the “re-building years” post Jordan and the team never really did too much, but his reputation was that of a good shooter and great teammate. He also built relationships with John Paxson (VP of Basketball Operations) and Gar Forman (General Manager) during his tenure in Chicago. After four years in our windy city, Hoiberg took his three-point sharp shooting talents to the Minnesota Timberwolves. His career was cut short due to a heart condition, but Hoiberg joined the Timberwolves front office.

In 2010 Hoiberg became the head coach for Iowa State, despite having zero coaching experience.  In less than two years, Hoiberg took a terrible team (we’re talking 15-17) and transformed them into a competitor. Iowa State has gone 115-56 in his five years coaching the Cyclones and made it to the NCAA tournament the last four years.

It can be difficult to make the transition from college to NBA as a head coach, but Hoiberg is known for running an NBA-style offense at the college level. His offensive creativity is something many Thibodeau haters are very excited about. After some difficult and definitely frigid relationships with Tom Thibodeau and Vinny Del Negro, the Bulls are absolutely looking for a coach they can get along with. We know Hoiberg already has a great working relationship with the front office, now we just need him to have something special with the players.

If nothing else, Hoiberg sure is easy on the eyes. So that’s a definite plus. I look forward to seeing what this guy has up his sleeve for us Bulls fans this season.

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