Fred Hoiberg Rumors
Dejean-Jones’ coach at Iowa State, Fred Hoiberg said he was “deeply saddened to learn the tragic news about Bryce.” “I’m grateful that our paths crossed in this life. Bryce was a passionate and talented player that lived out his dream of playing in the NBA through hard work and perseverance. It’s an incredibly sad day for me and all of Iowa State University. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family,” Hoiberg, the Chicago Bulls head coach said in a news release.
That included Butler calling out coach Fred Hoiberg last December in New York to “coach harder.” Hoiberg embraced the controversy as a growing moment in his relationship with Butler and, according to sources, the two had a strong exit meeting in advance of an important offseason.
Bulls executive vice president John Paxson said Wednesday night that the jobs of general manager Gar Forman and coach Fred Hoiberg are not in jeopardy but that he will explore all options with the roster this offseason, which officially started for the team following Wednesday night’s season-ending win against the Philadelphia 76ers.
“Nobody can make me do anything,” Butler said. “I’m a grown man, first and foremost. But no, I wanted to play. That’s that. [Hoiberg] came to me, he knew how to talk to me. He said, ‘Hey, you may have to run point guard.’ Ah, it’s a wrap. Yeah, I’m playing now. He knew what to say to get me to really, really, really want to suit up, but I was going to play anyways.”