Fred Hoiberg Rumors
Several times during Loyola’s magical and unexpected run to the Final Four, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg commented on how great a story it was. The storybook nature of it continued Thursday, when two key pieces to the Ramblers’ ride worked out for the Bulls at the Advocate Center. Neither Simeon alumnus Donte Ingram nor Ben Richardson fall in either round of any mock draft. And the Bulls don’t even own a second-round pick.
While multiple teammates publicly acknowledged that Portis shouldn’t have hit Mirotic, they, along with coach Fred Hoiberg and executive vice president John Paxson, stood behind Portis in saying he was a good teammate who had made a mistake. “The thing with Bobby was we had to find a way to move on, to get past it,” Hoiberg said. “It was tough. I know how bad he felt after the incident. Was it a little awkward when everybody got back in the gym? Yeah, it was a little bit. But again, they found a way to put it behind them, and Niko deserves a ton of credit for handling everything the way he did and finding a way to come out and play the best basketball of his career, and Bobby, as well.”
The Bulls have granted permission to the Hornets to interview associate head coach Jim Boylen for Charlotte’s head coaching vacancy, sources said. Boylen, who has been Fred Hoiberg’s top assistant coach since 2015, has head coaching experience in college at Utah and also directed the Bulls to a victory over the Wizards on Easter Sunday when Hoiberg fell ill.
KC Johnson: Pax: “Fred will be back, absolutely.” This has been reported before. But first time he has said so publicly.