Hoiberg had been linked to the job for quite some time as it became more and more clear that Thibodeau’s time in Chicago was running out due to his rift with management. Once Thibodeau was fired, all the attention turned to Hoiberg becoming the next Bulls coach, as there were really no other legitimate candidates.
Hoiberg was an obvious choice given he played with the Bulls and has Iowa State ties with general manager Gar Forman. Considering that, Hoiberg’s relationship with the Bulls’ front office should be much better than Thibodeau’s relationship was.
Hoiberg went 115-56 (49-39 in Big 12) in his five seasons at Iowa State, and his record over the last four seasons was a sterling 99-40 (46-26 in Big 12) after a tough first year.
Hoiberg is known for his innovative offensive, and the Bulls are hoping he’ll be able to work his magic with the talented offensive players in Chicago. The Bulls generally played slow under Thibodeau, but under Hoiberg, expect a faster pace with more three-point attempts. There’s some personnel in place to effectively run that type of system, with strong guards in Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler to go along with shooters in Nikola Mirotic, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and possibly Mike Dunleavy if he returns. Future roster decisions will certainly be made with the new system in mind.
There will be a transition period going from college to the pros, and it would behoove Hoiberg to hire a strong defensive coordinator to help on that side of the ball. But considering the talent in place and Hoiberg’s success in Ames, there’s reason to be somewhat optimistic in Chicago.