Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg is still the favourite to replace Tom Thibodeau at the Chicago Bulls, according to reports, after the latter was fired on Thursday.
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Hoiberg has reportedly been concerned about the jump from college ball to the NBA given his health after undergoing heart surgery, but he still remains the front-runner to take up the post.
Thibodeau was fired on Thursday after years of tension with the Bulls front office, with general manager Gar Forman and the organisation heads explaining that they had departed from the franchise culture under him.
After clashes over coaching staff changes, players minutes and their failure in the playoffs this season, it was ultimately time for Thibodeau to go.
However, despite speculation linking Golden State Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry with the job, it appears as though it Hoiberg’s to lose based on the on-going reports.
“Hoiberg’s name has been floating around this particular job for some months now, and league sources tell CSNChicago.com they expect him to be the next coach of the Chicago Bulls,” CSN Chicago reports.
It seems as though it is a matter of time before an official announcement arrives, but in the meantime it will be key for the Bulls front office to get the appointment right.
Having evolved from the roster that Thibodeau inherited in 2010, Chicago needs to make the most of their offensive weapons moving forward after failing to live up to expectations in the post-season.
After missing their chance against a depleted Cavaliers team, it remains to be seen whether or not a coaching change is the answer to their problems with LeBron James and Co likely to be just as strong again next year.