Before the Bulls beat the Cavaliers 105–102 on Saturday night, coach Fred Hoiberg clarified comments he had made earlier in pregame availability regarding his coaching style.
When asked about a potential change in how he leads the team, Hoiberg responded by mentioning Jimmy Butler’s comment in December about the first-year coach not pushing hard enough.
“We got off to a pretty solid start with this thing,” Hoiberg told reporters. “Then some things happened. I think most of that comes from the one comment that was made after the New York game by Jimmy [Butler]. We have had some pretty heated moments with our group, in the locker room, in the film session. Would I change it and be more vocal, more direct? Maybe. Again, we’ll evaluate that as we go into the off-season.”
Shortly after, he clarified the remark and said he had pinned the scrutiny he’s received from others on Butler, not the team’s struggles.
“Most of that perception that I hadn’t gotten on people as much was because of the comment that was made after the New York game,” he said.
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With its win over Cleveland, Chicago remained in contention for the eighth seed in the East.
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