Celtics news: Brad Stevens wants his son to play for former Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg
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Brad Stevens wants his son to play for former Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg

Following the Boston Celtics’ shootaround on Saturday, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens came to the defense of former Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg.

Stevens believes Hoiberg is one of the nicest people he has met in the business and is hopeful his son, Brady, can play for him one day. Both Stevens and Hoiberg coached in college, Stevens at Butler University and Hoiberg at Iowa State University, before becoming head coaches in the NBA.

The Bulls fired Hoiberg last week after signing him to a five-year, $25 million deal back in 2015. He compiled a record of 115-155 with the Bulls and made the playoffs only one time.

Chicago lost to Stevens and the Celtics in the first-round of the 2017 playoffs in six games.

Hoiberg is much more suited to coach in college, where he will likely go back to now that his NBA coaching career seems to be over. Hoiberg had a successful run with Iowa State before he joined the Bulls and his ability to connect with college students is better than his ability to coach NBA players. It’s not a slight to Hoiberg. It’s just that in the NBA, you’re dealing with grown men.

So, perhaps he should meet Stevens’ son in the collegiate ranks.

Head coaches in the NBA ranks have to have a different type of demonstrative attitude to motivate players than the ones in college and he didn’t seem to have that power. However, he’ll get a chance to coach again, at either the college or NBA level. Maybe the Celtics would even look to add him onto their staff.