Fred Hoiberg is coming off a tough season coaching the Bulls, but he doesn’t plan on returning to college basketball anytime soon.
Hoiberg, who coached at Iowa State before heading to Chicago, stated Monday that there is one thing in college basketball that he may never miss.
“I hated recruiting,” Hoiberg said, via Front Office Show’s Keith Smith. “I absolutely f’ing hated recruiting. In the NBA it is just coaching. No other stuff. Just coaching.”
The Bulls made the playoffs last season, but lost in the first round. They have since traded away star forward Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves on draft day, and cut ties with Rajon Rondo.
Hoiberg explained that he was not a big part of Chicago’s draft-day moves, and he was fine with that.
“Coaches don’t have a big influence on draft and shouldn’t,” Hoiberg said. “Scouts are watching and gathering information. Coach gets involved much later.
“(It’s) Important that coaches and front office have a good working relationship. (They) have to be on the same page with direction of franchise.”
The Bulls appear to be in a rebuilding direction, which could suit Hoiberg’s coaching style, and his ability to develop talent.
While Hoiberg may have been fed up with recruiting in college basketball, he may have to start recruiting star players in the NBA soon. The Bulls’ front office will want to win eventually, and the current state of the NBA dictates a franchise must have two or three high-profile players to contend.