Bulls are set to hire Hoiberg

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - As­so­ci­ated press

The Chicago Bulls plan to in­tro­duce Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg as their new coach Tues­day, a per­son familiar with the sit­u­a­tion said.

The per­son spoke to the As­so­ci­ated Press on Mon­day night on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the con­tract had not been fi­nal­ized.

Hoiberg had long been ru­mored as the suc­ces­sor to Tom Thi­bodeau, who was fired last week af­ter five sea­sons in Chicago.

The Bulls an­nounced in a re­lease that they would make a ma­jor an­nounce­ment Tues­day.

Hoiberg went 115-56 with the Cy­clones, in­clud­ing four straight NCAA tour­na­ment ap­pear­ances and con­sec­u­tive Big 12 tour­na­ment ti­tles.

Thomp­son prac­tices

Golden State War­riors guard Klay Thomp­son is one step away from be­ing cleared to play in the NBA Fi­nals.

Thomp­son re­turned to prac­tice Mon­day in Oak­land, a ma­jor step in the Al­lS­tar shoot­ing guard’s re­cov- ery. Thomp­son said he feels great and is just wait­ing on fi­nal clear­ance from doc­tors un­der the NBA’s con­cus­sion pro­to­col to play in Game 1 against the Cleve­land Cava­liers on Thurs­day night.

“I ex­pect to be” cleared, Thomp­son said. “I’m well on my way there.”

As long as Thomp­son re­mains symp­tom free, the team said he will be cleared to play in the fi­nals.

Thomp­son suf­fered a con­cus­sion af­ter get­ting a knee to his head by Hous­ton’s Trevor Ariza in Golden State’s West­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nals clinch­ing win Wed­nes­day night.

Team doc­tors ini­tially cleared Thomp­son to re­turn to the game. He ended up not play­ing, and the War­riors said he started de­vel­op­ing symptoms af­ter the game.

Irv­ing is still ail­ing

Kyrie Ir ving is re­signed to not be­ing 100% for the Cava­liers in the Fi­nals.

The All-Star guard has been kept out of por­tions of prac­tice in the last few days as he con­tin­ues to re­cover from ten­dini­tis in his left knee. On Mon­day, Irv­ing said he’s con­tin­ued to re­ceive treat­ment and sounded less en­thused about his progress than last week.

“It’s a day-by-day thing,” he said. “I’m go­ing to con­tinue to get treat­ment and do what it takes.”



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