If the Chicago Bulls choose to part ways with head coach Tom Thibodeau, it appears that team management could look to the college ranks to find his replacement. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Iowa State Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg is the team’s first choice should they part ways with Thibodeau.
It’d certainly be an interesting choice on Chicago’s end, as the 42-year-old Hoiberg played 10 seasons in the NBA as a shooter, four of which were with the Bulls. He also spent four years as a VP of Basketball Operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves before heading to be the head coach in Ames, so he knows how the professional ranks work.
Now, it’s just about what Bulls management wants to do. They could let Thibodeau go despite his helping the team enjoy its best seasons since the Michael Jordan years, with a 255-139 overall record to show, albeit minimal playoff success.
Or, they could bring along a wildcard in Hoiberg who has given Iowa State its best seasons in decades. In five seasons with the Cyclones, he has gone 115-56 (49-39 Big 12) and won two Big 12 Conference titles. Two seasons ago, he brought Iowa State to its first Sweet Sixteen since 2000.
Thibodeau’s fate is far from officially sealed, but Campus Sports will update this story as more information becomes available.
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