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There’s an old saying that you can either swallow your pride, or you can choke on it. 

For those Chicago Bulls fans predicting, hoping, and praying that the tank cruise control button was finally pushed and Fred Hoiberg’s faults as a head coach would successfully run this team into the ground you might want to take smaller bites to make this understanding easier to digest.

Fred Hoiberg is a rather competent head coach.  And more importantly, given a competent roster he’s proven he can win games. .

Mind you, The 3-17 record to start things off did little to dissuade that thought.

But somehow, someway, Hoiberg was able to navigate through the stacked deck that his front office gave him in order to successfully stink to high you know what, and meet the mandate that Vice President of Operations John Paxson gave-develop your young players and create a culture of competing with high effort.

And to many people’s surprise, Fred has checked both boxes.

Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen have flourished in their starting roles.  And Denzel Valentine is finally starting to show the versatility that made him the consensus Wooden Award winner. 

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Now that isn’t to say that the Bulls have somehow turned a corner.  Their 24-51 record, including a seventh consective loss bellies that point.

The roster is still in full tank mode as their top three players in Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, and Zach Lavine continue to sit out.

But there’s no denying that in the month of December, that saw the team going 10-6, there wasn’t a tougher out than facing those very young and inexperienced Bulls.  All of which came without the services of Lavine.  

And a big part of that was belief, a feeling that was percolating through the locker room.  And that belief trickled down from management. 

The front office was all in on him coaching to win as many games as possible at that time —whether Bulls fans embraced that approach or not.

“He just stuck with us through the ups and downs”, said Denzel Valetine earlier in the year.  “He’s stuck with us, been patient, and kept us motivated”.

And for what, after all?  This is supposed to be a lost year…a year to obtain as many ping pong balls as possible in what looks to be a loaded draft.

Don’t try passing that sentiment to a man once nicknamed “The Mayor of Ames” because he is hearing nothing of it.

“The Renegade of Chicago” has got his team wanting just a little bit more.  

There’s an old saying that you can either swallow your pride, or you can choke on it. 

For those Chicago Bulls fans predicting, hoping, and praying that the tank cruise control button was finally pushed and Fred Hoiberg’s faults as a head coach would successfully run this team into the ground you might want to take smaller bites to make this understanding easier to digest.

Fred Hoiberg is a rather competent head coach.  And more importantly, given a competent roster he’s proven he can win games. .

Mind you, The 3-17 record to start things off did little to dissuade that thought.

But somehow, someway, Hoiberg was able to navigate through the stacked deck that his front office gave him in order to successfully stink to high you know what, and meet the mandate that Vice President of Operations John Paxson gave-develop your young players and create a culture of competing with high effort.

And to many people’s surprise, Fred has checked both boxes.

Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen have flourished in their starting roles.  And Denzel Valentine is finally starting to show the versatility that made him the consensus Wooden Award winner.

 

Now that isn’t to say that the Bulls have somehow turned a corner.  Their 24-51 record, including a seventh consective loss bellies that point.

The roster is still in full tank mode as their top three players in Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, and Zach Lavine continue to sit out.

But there’s no denying that in the month of December, that saw the team going 10-6, there wasn’t a tougher out than facing those very young and inexperienced Bulls.  All of which came without the services of Lavine.  

And a big part of that was belief, a feeling that was percolating through the locker room.  And that belief trickled down from management. 

The front office was all in on him coaching to win as many games as possible at that time —whether Bulls fans embraced that approach or not.

“He just stuck with us through the ups and downs”, said Denzel Valetine earlier in the year.  “He’s stuck with us, been patient, and kept us motivated”.

And for what, after all?  This is supposed to be a lost year…a year to obtain as many ping pong balls as possible in what looks to be a loaded draft.

Don’t try passing that sentiment to a man once nicknamed “The Mayor of Ames” because he is hearing nothing of it.

“The Renegade of Chicago” has got his team wanting just a little bit more.  

There’s an old saying that you can either swallow your pride, or you can choke on it. 

For those Chicago Bulls fans predicting, hoping, and praying that the tank cruise control button was finally pushed and Fred Hoiberg’s faults as a head coach would successfully run this team into the ground you might want to take smaller bites to make this understanding easier to digest.

Fred Hoiberg is a rather competent head coach.  And more importantly, given a competent roster he’s proven he can win games. .

Mind you, The 3-17 record to start things off did little to dissuade that thought.

But somehow, someway, Hoiberg was able to navigate through the stacked deck that his front office gave him in order to successfully stink to high you know what, and meet the mandate that Vice President of Operations John Paxson gave-develop your young players and create a culture of competing with high effort.

And to many people’s surprise, Fred has checked both boxes.

Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen have flourished in their starting roles.  And Denzel Valentine is finally starting to show the versatility that made him the consensus Wooden Award winner.

 

Now that isn’t to say that the Bulls have somehow turned a corner.  Their 24-51 record, including a seventh consective loss bellies that point.

The roster is still in full tank mode as their top three players in Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, and Zach Lavine continue to sit out.

But there’s no denying that in the month of December, that saw the team going 10-6, there wasn’t a tougher out than facing those very young and inexperienced Bulls.  All of which came without the services of Lavine.  

And a big part of that was belief, a feeling that was percolating through the locker room.  And that belief trickled down from management. 

The front office was all in on him coaching to win as many games as possible at that time —whether Bulls fans embraced that approach or not.

“He just stuck with us through the ups and downs”, said Denzel Valetine earlier in the year.  “He’s stuck with us, been patient, and kept us motivated”.

And for what, after all?  This is supposed to be a lost year…a year to obtain as many ping pong balls as possible in what looks to be a loaded draft.

Don’t try passing that sentiment to a man once nicknamed “The Mayor of Ames” because he is hearing nothing of it.

“The Renegade of Chicago” has got his team wanting just a little bit more.  

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