Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg has insisted that he is confident that he will succeed in his new role and is looking forward to the test that’s coming his way.
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Hoiberg’s arrival in Chicago has been the worst kept secret in the NBA as he has long been linked with the post and many were certain that he would be the main target after Tom Thibodeau’s dismissal last month.
The 42-year-old spent four of his 10 years playing in the NBA with the Bulls, and has previous experience working in the Minnesota Timberwolves front office before coaching Iowa State.
While he believes that it was the right fit for him to come back to an organisation he is familiar with, Hoiberg covered numerous topics which included dismissing the concern over his lack of coaching experience in the NBA as well as his health after undergoing heart surgery.
Hoiberg outlined his style of play which is fast-paced, caters for spacing and plenty of pick and roll while insisting that he wouldn’t have taken the role had he not been confident that he could take this team to the next level.
“I love this roster, I absolutely love this roster,” Hoiberg told the assembled media at his introduction, according to ESPN.
“I love the versatility of the players, the different lineups that we’re going to be able to play. You can play small, you can play big, you’ve got lineups that I really think you can get out and play with pace. You’ve got a great group of veteran players that know how to play.”
The new Bulls coach added that he would look to build on the fundamentals instilled by Thibodeau, but it is widely expected that he will make Chicago a much more exciting and efficient offensive unit as many believed that they didn’t reach their full potential on that end of the court particularly this season.