The feud between former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and the front office was well known for some time, and Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg was the man always bandied about as the likely successor. Now that Thibodeau is gone, it appears Hoiberg will indeed become the next head coach in Chicago, as reports from all over the country have it as basically a done deal.
Nationally, Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck and Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski have reported on the likelihood of Hoiberg heading to Chicago. Locally, CSN Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill, ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell and the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson have all reported that Hoiberg will become the next head coach, with an announcement likely coming before the NBA Finals begin next week. Johnson reports that an introduction might not happen for another few weeks because of “family schooling considerations,” and Friedell says the Bulls aren’t rushing Hoiberg because of a recent open-heart surgery.
The choice of Hoiberg is a rather obvious one. He played for the Bulls and has the Iowa State ties with Bulls general manager Gar Forman. Chicago is looking to upgrade its offense, and Hoiberg is known for running a more innovative and modern offensive system. He’s also much more laid back and likely won’t quarrel with his bosses like some of the prior coaches, although you never know with the Bulls’ front office.
Hoiberg took over the Iowa State job in 2010 and has coached in Ames for five seasons, racking up a 115-56 overall record and 49-39 conference record. The Cyclones were 16-16 (3-13) in his first season, but they then proceeded to win 23, 23, 28 and 25 games in his next four seasons.