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Who is Fred Hoiberg? A timeline of The Mayor's career

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Who is Fred Hoiberg? A timeline of The Mayor's career

Fred Hoiberg was announced Tuesday afternoon as the 19th head coach of the Bulls.

Here's a timeline of Hoiberg's basketball career, from a high school star in Ames, Iowa, to the NBA to the front office and back to Ames before finally arriving in the Windy City.

1991: Hoiberg, who would later be honored as Mr. Basketball in Iowa, leads Ames High School to a 1991 state championship, averaging 38.1 points per game in six tournament games. He was also named the Gatorade State Player of the Year in football, playing quarterback for the Little Cyclones. He received a football scholarship offer from Nebraska, but wound up turning it down to play basketball at hometown Iowa State. He also had basketball scholarship offers from Arizona and Stanford, among others. Hoiberg's family had moved to Ames when Fred was 2 years old, and he spent time with the Iowa State basketball team as the ball boy in grade school, falling in love with the town and program he would one day play for and coach.

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1992-1995: Hoiberg finishes his Iowa State basketball career with 1,993 points, third most in program history. He was named the 1992 Big Eight Freshman of the Year, earned second team All-Big Eight honors as a junior and first team All-Big Eight honors as a senior. He was also a third team All-American in his final season with the Cyclones, when he averaged 19.9 points (third best in the conference). Hoiberg was so popular in the town, school and basketball program that his teammates nicknamed him "The Mayor." He even received a few write-in votes in the 1993 mayoral election in Ames. His senior season he played for head coach Tim Floyd and assistant Gar Forman, who 15 years later would become the Bulls' general manager.

1995-1999: Hoiberg is selected No. 52 overall by the Indiana Pacers. In 139 games, he averages 3.9 points in 11.6 minutes per game.

1999-2003: Hoiberg signs as a free agent with the Bulls, then coached by Floyd. In his first season with the Bulls he averaged 9.0 points, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game in a career-high 27.3 minutes per game. He followed that up with his best year as a professional in 2000-01, averaging 9.1 points, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 30.4 minutes per game. Floyd resigned early in the 2001 season, and Hoiberg fell out of the rotation in his final two seasons with the Bulls under Bill Cartwright, averaging just 3.4 points in 15.4 minutes per game.

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2003-05: Hoiberg finds a resurgence in his final two seasons with the Timberwolves, averaging 6.2 points on better than 46 percent shooting from beyond the arc in 155 games. In his final NBA season, he led the league in 3-point shooting (48.3 percent) and shot a career-best 48.9 percent from the field. In 10 NBA seasons, he averaged 5.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 541 games, including 61 starts. During his time in the league, he played under some of the best coaches in the game, including Larry Brown, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale.

2005: A health screening uncovers an enlarged aortic root in his heart, requiring open-heart surgery and a pacemaker. After a summer of recovery, Hoiberg considers returning to the NBA with the run-n-gun Phoenix Suns under Mike D'Antoni. And though doctors told him there was little to no risk in returning to the NBA while using a pacemaker, Hoiberg - a father of two with his high school sweetheart, Carol - ultimately turns down the offer.

2006: With his playing days behind him, Hoiberg accepts a front office job with the Timberwolves as an assistant general manager. In his four seasons with Minnesota - he was promoted to vice president of basketball operations in 2009 - the Timberwolves acquired Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic and Ricky Rubio through the draft.

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2010: Hoiberg returns home, accepting a position as head coach of the Iowa State Cyclones. He takes over a program that hadn't had a winning season in-conference since 2005, and hadn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 2001. He goes 16-16 in his first season, followed by 46 wins the next two seasons. In 2013-14, the Cyclones went 28-8, earning an NCAA Tournament berth (and an eventual Sweet 16 appearance) and a Big 12 Conference Tournament championship. The Cyclones repeat the following season, this past year, going 25-8 and earning another NCAA Tournament appearance and Big 12 Conference Tournament championship. They're stunned in the NCAA Tournament, falling to 15th-seeded UAB in what would be Hoiberg's final game with the Cyclones.

2015: Hoiberg is officially hired as the 19th head coach in Bulls franchise history.

Wendell Carter Jr. survives gauntlet of centers to begin career

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Wendell Carter Jr. survives gauntlet of centers to begin career

Don't tell Wendell Carter Jr. the center position is a dying breed.

The 19-year-old rookie hasn't exactly been able to ease into the NBA, finding himself up against a handful of All-Stars and powerful frontcourts just five days into his career.

It culminated Monday night with a date against Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan, and once again the seventh overall pick held his own. It was much of the same as it was against Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Detroit's Andre Drummond last week (and Nikola Jokic in the preseason finale): some good, some bad, plenty of poise and zero backing down. The NBA is unforgiving, but this could very well be the toughest stretch Carter faces all season.

"He’s playing against top level centers now," Fred Hoiberg said before Monday's game. "It’s a great experience for him. He’s going to learn and get better and he plays within himself, we will continue to look for him to be more aggressive."

He was as aggressive as the Bulls have seen him against Jordan and the Mavericks. He blew by the 20 and 18 minutes he played in the first two games of the year, totalling 32 minutes. His final line won't tell the story - 4 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a block - of a Carter who defended well at the rim, picking and choosing his spots on when to attack shots and when to simply use his verticality.

He wasn't credited for a block but he contested a Jordan dunk that turned into a Bobby Portis dunk on the other end. Plus-minus isn't always a good indicator of a player's worth, but Carter was a +5 in a 14-point Bulls loss. He even attempted a corner 3-pointer early in the shot clock, showing no hesitation. Carter's had his moments, but it's also apparent he's got a 19-year-old body going up against veterans each night. That'll come with time in the weight room. For now the experience is 

"I appreciate the fact I’m able to play against these very talented bigs early in my career," Carter said after the loss to the Pistons. "What I need to work on is I have to get stronger; that’s the first thing I recognize; just being up against the best. I love the competition. It’s always a great feeling going against the best."

What the Bulls are finding out is they have a player mature beyond his years. As he progresses he'll continue to get more difficult assignments. He had his rookie moment late in Monday's loss, committing a turnover in the backcourt after the Bulls had cut the deficit to five with 35 seconds left. The fouls are also an issue, as Carter has committed 10 in three games (after committing 17 in five preseason games).

That doesn't necessarily seem important for a Lottery-bound team, but considering the continued struggles of Robin Lopez (and Cristiano Felicio is entirely out of the rotation) it is. Lopez had 2 points and 1 rebound in 10 minutes while committing five personal fouls. In three games he has 11 personal fouls and 11 points, and also has more turnovers (five) than rebounds (four). If the Bulls are going to compete until Lauri Markkanen returns, Carter will need to hover around the 32 minutes he played Monday.

He'll get a much easier test on Wednesday when the Charlotte Hornets arrive in town. Cody Zeller doesn't exactly have the credentials of a Jokic or Embiid, meaning Carter may have a little more room to work. 

The Bulls know they have something in Carter. It'll be abother month until they can deploy him alongside Markkanen, but if the first three games are any indication, Carter won't have any problems matching up with some of the league's best.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Moral victory for the Bears?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Moral victory for the Bears?

David Schuster, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.

0:00- Dave Wannstedt joins the panel to discuss the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots? Was it a moral victory? Is Matt Nagy crazy to say Mitch Trubisky didn’t play that bad?

13:00- Joe Girardi pulls his name out of the Reds managerial search and Jon Heyman reports that industry sources believe he might wait to see if there’s an opening in Chicago. What are the chances that he replaces Joe Maddon?

14:30- Adam Amin joins Kap to preview the Bulls/Mavericks game and discuss the lack of defense in the NBA.