1. Team Full of Talent
Apr 25, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) and guard Derrick Rose (1) and center Joakim Noah (13) walks off the court after the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Bulls 92-90 in game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
The most important aspect of Hoiberg’s first NBA head coaching experience will most certainly be the collection of players he is inheriting. The talent on this team is unfathomable on paper, especially with Jimmy Butler’s growth and Nikola Mirotic proving his worth. On top of that, we’ve barely seen what Doug McDermott is capable of and according to early predictions, McBuckets should be the player who benefits the most from his new coach’s system.
Add to that group a former MVP in Derrick Rose, a former Defensive Player of the Year in Joakim Noah, a two-time champion and one of the most skilled big men in the NBA in Pau Gasol, and other very talented players like Taj Gibson, Tony Snell, E’Tuwan Moore, and Mike Dunleavy & Aaron Brooks if they’re re-signed, and Hoiberg will join a very short list of first year coaches who have gotten very lucky with their first NBA roster. That list may currently only be occupied by Steve Kerr and David Blatt, the two coaches currently battling in the Finals.
The players on this team already fit Hoiberg’s system extremely well and he spoke about Rose and Butler specifically, saying:
"“It’ll be great for Derrick. Derrick is a guy that’s at his best when he’s playing downhill. He’s as good as anybody in the world at being that guy. I’m excited about Jimmy obviously getting out and running the wings. Jimmy’s an attack player. If you can get him the ball on the run, on the move and attacking the basket with pace, it’s an ideal system for him.”"
Steve Kerr wanted to coach Stephen Curry because he knew Curry would fit his system perfectly. Curry is now the MVP of the league. If Hoiberg patiently waited this long to specifically coach this team and is this confident about the most important players fitting his system, how can you doubt the guy?
Until the season starts, Fred Hoiberg should have the support of every Bulls fan because whether we like it or not, he’s management’s man and he’s our man too.
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