The Chicago Bulls were down 108-107 in the closing seconds against the San Antonio Spurs Monday night at the United Center. The Bulls had the ball in the hands of their best player in shooting guard Zach Lavine. Head coach Fred Hoiberg wanted Bulls rookie center Wendell Carter Jr. to set a pick for LaVine. The high-flyer, however, didn't.
Instead of listening to his head coach, Zach LaVine waved Carter Jr. off and took a tough 3-point shot from the top of the key against Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan. LaVine missed, the Bulls lost, and Hoiberg was not happy about LaVine's decision.
Fred wants a Wendell screen. LaVine clears it out and takes a deep 3.
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Chicago's players walking over Fred Hoiberg. We've seen it before. During the 2016-17 season, Hoiberg wanted Jimmy Butler to call a timeout after a Suns player shot a free-throw. Butler ignored Hoiberg and did his own thing.
Hoiberg is a nonchalant guy. He's a nice person who rarely raises his voice. As a result, players feel like they can get away with things that they probably wouldn't be able to do if they were being coached by someone else.
Zach LaVine finished the game with 28 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in 35 minutes of action. The Bulls are now 5-16 on the season.