Fred Hoiberg to Coach First NBA Game Tuesday Night, Obama Expected to Attend

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Courtesy; David Scrivner/Des Moines Register
Courtesy; David Scrivner/Des Moines Register

CHICAGO, Illinois – In former Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg’s first regular season game as Chicago Bulls coach, President Obama will be in attendance.

There’s been no official word from the White House that President Obama will attend, but extra security was in place during Tuesday morning’s shootaround and numerous reports indicate he will be there to cheer on his hometown Bulls. The president is also in Chicago for a law enforcement conference.

“Yes, very honored to see him (President Obama),” Hoiberg said with a smile. “It’ll be cool, it’ll be great for our guys to see the president in the building.”

In their season-opener, the Bulls will take on the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and four-time MVP LeBron James at the United Center at 7 p.m.

“Very anxious, very excited,” Hoiberg said, according to Comcast SportsNet Chicago. “The opportunity to play a team that’s favored to win an NBA championship this year. To go out, it’ll be a great barometer for our guys to see where we are after this opening night, and then we get to do it all over again tomorrow with a back-to-back. Tonight, it’s exciting. It’s an exciting time. I know our players will be ready.”

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