Fred Hoiberg Immediately Left His Press Conference When A Reporter Referenced His Carrying Accusation
Remember when the Chicago Bulls fired Tom Thibodeau and proceeded to conduct a "worldwide search" for a brand new head coach...only to settle on the guy that everyone knew they were going to hire in the first place less than a week later? Remember when that guy happened to be a college coach from a nearby university whose ability to succeed on the next level was immediately called into question? Remember when that guy proved that skepticism legitimate by missing the playoffs in his first season, losing his veteran locker room multiple times throughout his second season, and using a playoff run to complain about a violation that has largely gone uncalled in professional basketball since well before the turn of the century?
Now, I don't know enough about the X's and O's of the Bulls' offense or the inner working of their organization. I can, however, say - with conviction - that if your idea of postseason gamesmanship is to snitch on the star player of an opposing team for carrying the ball then college is unquestionably more your speed. You don't have to believe me, because - if this postgame mockery was any indication - then the media agrees as well. If the defense of a 3-time NBA Champion in the following clip is any indication then his own damn roster agrees. Fred Holberg is in way over his head, and there's not a soul in Chicago that intends on throwing the guy a life preserver.
Honestly, I can't even blame the poor bastard for getting up and charging out of the room after having his own complaint used against him, but I think we all would have reacted the same way if we had just experienced the realization that we were the least respected person in our entire profession. I wish Tim Floyd (former Iowa State coach who lasted 4 miserable seasons with the Bulls) would have stepped in before Fred Hoiberg stepped away from Iowa State, grabbed him by the cheeks, and recreated the following scene from 'Billy Madison'. By yelling about an infraction that went by the wayside in the early 80's he essentially showed up to high school in a Canadian Tuxedo and an unruly journalist just metaphorically dumped pudding on his head.