Fred Hoiberg Rumors
Nick Friedell: Bobby Portis was asked today after practice if he understood why he wasn’t getting minutes earlier in the year: “Nah, I didn’t really know what I could do to get minutes,” he said. “The one thing that I know that I always do is just come in here every day, work as hard as I can, let the dominos fall how they fall. Every day I come in here, just bust my butt for some minutes, but sometimes it wouldn’t work. I always kept faith in God, knew that it would eventually come around. You know even when I went to the D-League I felt that it was helping me, having to go down there and get some confidence.”
Nick Friedell: Portis acknowledged that the process has been confusing for him: “A lot,” he said. “I didn’t understand why I had to go down [to the D-League], but at the same time I knew that it was all for a reason.”
Nick Friedell: Interesting how many times players have noted an apparent lack of communication with Hoiberg/coaching staff in regard to rotation/minutes. Both younger players and veterans have expressed feeling unclear/unsure on what they need to do to get more minutes in the rotation. Gar Forman sold Fred Hoiberg a great communicator when he was hired. It seems like he is still struggling to get his message across sometimes in 2nd year.
Rondo has had issues with head coach Fred Hoiberg’s communication, especially after he was benched for five games in late December, but so have a lot of players on the roster. All along, Rondo’s presence — and to a lesser extent, Wade’s — felt like a puzzle piece that didn’t fit on a team that was trying to develop young players while remaining competitive. Bulls executives Gar Forman and John Paxson sold Rondo and Wade as the type of veterans younger players could learn from. At most turns this year, that has been the case.
Hoiberg was asked if it was important to him that general manager Gar Forman and vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said his job was safe and that they’ve seen growth in his coaching this season. He quickly sidestepped the question and reiterated that his only focus was winning the next game on the schedule.