The Iowa State Cyclones men’s basketball team arrived a few hours ago at the United Center to prepare for their Friday night match-up in the Sweet 16. When they did, current Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg met his former team and gave them a tour of the facilities they will be using this weekend. After seeing the court, the locker room, and the trainers room, Monte Morris, Matt Thomas, and leading scorer Georges Niang all complained they weren’t feeling 100% and would sit out the game vs the University of Virginia.
“Fred was nice enough to introduce us to the NBA All-Stars on the Bulls,” Niag said. “Derrick Rose taught all of us what it means to be an NBA star and how much work you have to put in … and how occasionally you need to rest.”
“Some guys on the team still want to play the way we did with our former coach,” said Morris. “And Jimmy Butler taught us all that is a normal feeling to have.”
Rose was asked what he told the team but couldn’t comment as he was in a rush to get to his son’s preschool graduation.
Current Iowa State head coach, Steve Prohm, tried to convince his stars to play through the minimal pain, but after having dinner with the Bulls front office he was convinced that sometimes you need to rest your players. When asked what was discussed at the dinner, coach Prohm just said, “It’s the same conversation every Iowa State coach has had with Bulls GMs for the past 20 years.”