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Fred Hoiberg says he’d prefer coaching over joining a front office

Fred Hoiberg

Fred Hoiberg’s stint as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls did not exactly go all that well.

In three-plus years at the helm for the Bulls, Hoiberg went just 115-155, leading Chicago to one playoff appearance, which resulted in a first-round elimination.

After a 5-19 start this season, Hoiberg was fired, something many Bulls fans had been calling for since 2017.

However, in spite of those struggles, Hoiberg still thinks he has it in him to coach and would prefer to be on the sidelines rather than up in a front office, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN:

“My passion is in coaching,” Hoiberg said, “and I’m looking forward to what lies ahead.”

Remember: Hoiberg also spent time in the college ranks coaching Iowa State, so he would take either an NCAA job or an NBA job:

“I am not prioritizing one over the other in respect to the NBA and college,” Hoiberg said. “The jobs are so different that you cannot compare them, so I plan on evaluating whatever opportunities may come independently.”

The Timberwolves, whom Hoiberg played for and whose front office he briefly served in, reportedly have some interest in Hoiberg after firing Tom Thibodeau.

There have also been rumors that UCLA is targeting Hoiberg for its coaching position, which would make plenty of sense given Hoiberg’s success on the NCAA level. In five seasons at Iowa State, Hoiberg went 115-56, leading the Cyclones to four NCAA Tournament appearances and two Big 12 Conference Tournament championships.