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Jimmy Butler Calls Out Fred Hoiberg After Loss to Knicks

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The Chicago Bulls were blown out by the New York Knicks on Saturday after losing in four overtimes to the Detroit Pistons the night before. Wearing his frustrations on his sleeve, Bulls star Jimmy Butler decided to publicly call out new head coach Fred Hoiberg after the game.

Specifically, Butler said that the Bulls probably need to be “coached a lot harder,” per ESPN’s Nick Friedell:

“I believe in the guys in this locker room, yeah,” Butler said. “But I also believe that we probably have to be coached a lot harder at times. I’m sorry, I know Fred’s a laid-back guy, and I really respect him for that, but when guys aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do, you got to get on guys, myself included. You got to do what you’re supposed to do when you’re out there playing basketball.”

Remember that Butler and basically all of this Bulls team is used to old coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached like a maniac 24/7. Going from Thibodeau to Hoiberg is a huge change, and as Butler noted, Fred is a “laid-back guy” who’s learning what it’s like to coach in the NBA.

Chicago has struggled to adjust to Hoiberg’s style, which was supposed to include an improved, fast-paced offense. Instead, the Bulls rank near the bottom of the league in offensive efficiency.

So Butler may have a point here, but this is something that probably shouldn’t be aired out through the media. Keep it in house and try to work through the problems privately. Perhaps this actually lights a fire under everybody, but right now it just looks like there could be a mutiny brewing.

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