Hollandsworth weighs in on how to treat Cubs prospects

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Hollandsworth weighs in on how to treat Cubs prospects

Fred Hoiberg wants a more aggressive Bulls defense

Fred Hoiberg wants a more aggressive Bulls defense

Being a better defensive team was a prime objective for Fred Hoiberg coming into camp, as the Bulls hope to reclaim some of their defensive identity that disappeared last season.

Reciting a not-so-true stat routinely to reporters in the first few days, that the Bulls were last in forcing turnovers in 2015-16, means he’s likely barking it to the team in practices (they were actually second-to-last behind the New York Knicks).

“Absolutely,” said Hoiberg when asked if being more aggressive defensively is a goal. “We are turning the ball over way too much. After watching film, our defense is responsible for some of that. We have a guy in (Rajon) Rondo that's a high steals guy, got great hands, great instincts, great wingspan. Jimmy (Butler) is always had great anticipation and one of the top steals guy.”

Butler is one of the best two-way players, along with San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard and Indiana’s Paul George, but even he admitted his defense slipped last year as the Bulls fell to a middle-of-the-pack team in terms of advanced defensive rankings (15th).

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Rondo was once one of the league’s best defensive point guards before tearing up his knee his last full season in Boston, and averaged two steals last year in Sacramento, but gave up a career-high 107 points per 100 possessions, according to basketball-reference.com.

Whether Rondo was a function of a bad defense overall for the Kings or a player who no longer fully commits himself to that end remains to be seen, but it’s clear Hoiberg wants a more hands-y defense. Too many times last year, the Bulls defense had leaks from the top down, resulting in compromised drives to the basket and breakdowns all around.

More than anything, the Bulls defense was one of indifference, especially after the first 30 games or so.

“Like all staffs we watched a ton of film and tried to figure out with this group how to create more turnovers, how to impact the ball better,” Hoiberg said. “Every day it's been a big emphasis in our defense and we get out and force turnovers and make sure the help is there behind the trap and being aggressive on the ball.”

Ex-Hoosiers star A.J. Guyton joins Bulls' D-League coaching staff

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Ex-Hoosiers star A.J. Guyton joins Bulls' D-League coaching staff

The 2000 Big Ten Player of the Year is now an assistant coach in the D-League.

Former Indiana star A.J. Guyton was announced as part of the Windy City Bulls' coaching staff on Friday, back with the Bulls organization after spending two NBA seasons in Chicago.

Guyton won Big Ten Player of the Year honors as a senior — sharing them with Michigan State's Morris Peterson — averaging 19.7 points per game during the 1999-2000 season. He reached the NCAA tournament in all four of his collegiate seasons.

The Bulls selected Guyton with the 32nd overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft. He was inducted into the University of Indiana Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

A native of Peoria, Guyton has been coaching since 2010.