Fred Hoiberg: Rajon Rondo Will Thrive in Bulls’ System

by August 12, 2016
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The Chicago Bulls are “Jimmy Butler’s team“, but Rajon Rondo will be entrusted with running the offense.

Head coach Fred Hoiberg says the mercurial point guard will succeed in his system.

Rondo, 30, bounced back last season and led the NBA with 11.7 assists per game.

Per CSN Chicago:

The Bulls added veterans and former champions Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo in free agency, a surprise to many around the NBA as the Bulls opted for talent and experience as opposed to natural basketball fit — an awkward setup on paper that will fall at Hoiberg’s feet when camp begins next month. […] “The biggest thing is we have multiple playmakers now, we have guys who can get in and break down the defense,” Hoiberg said. “That’s the most important thing to have on an NBA roster is multiple ballhandlers, multiple playmakers. Bigs who are gonna set screens and put pressure on the rim.”

 

“Rondo is a point guard who I think will thrive in the system we like to run and then to get Dwyane, we didn’t have to give up any of the young pieces in the process,” Hoiberg said. “We’re able to stay competitive with players with championship experience. To pair those two guys with Jimmy Butler, it’ll be a dynamic and exciting backcourt.”

 

Figuring out how to handle three ball dominant perimeter players, including one in Wade where his minutes and workload will be monitored from Day One, will be among his biggest challenges he and the trio faces. […] “It’s gonna take sacrifice,” Hoiberg said. “When you have guys who can put up big numbers every night, there’s gonna be sacrifice involved and guys will have to buy into their roles. It may not be your night every time you take the floor. But if everybody buys in, we have a chance to do a lot of good things this year.”