Another report has surfaced regarding the well-documented notion of Fred Hoiberg leaving the Iowa State Cyclones program to coach in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls.
On Monday, Bear Heiser of Fox Sports West tweeted that Hoiberg would leave Ames for Chicago if the head coaching job is offered to him, according to his source.
Even with all of this speculation, Fred Hoiberg remains the coach of the Cyclones and is under contract through 2023. Tom Thibodeau is still the head coach of the Bulls, although a divorce between the organization and him appears to be inevitable.
Former NBA player and current analyst Kendall Gill offered his take on the future of the Bulls and head coach Tom Thibodeau.
“You can go so far with a coach, and coach Thibodeau I’ve known for many years. I think he’s an excellent coach, he’s displayed that throughout his whole tenure here in Chicago. However, there comes a point in time when you can’t motivate the team anymore,” Gill told WGN in Chicago.
Gill also added his opinion on the possibility of Hoiberg becoming the team’s next coach.
“I don’t know really what’s going to happen with Fred Hoiberg. However, in my experience as an NBA player, if you're going to bring in a guy, you need to bring in a guy who is going to be respected,” Gill added. “You got Derrick Rose former MVP, Joakim Noah All-Star, Jimmy Butler All-Star, Pau Gasol Champion and All-Star. You have to bring in somebody that they will respect. I don’t know whether Fred Hoiberg carries the weight."
Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard has said he wants to be certain that he’s done everything possible to make Hoiberg feel wanted at Iowa State.