Bulls Coach Lets Son, Michigan State Practice At Advocate Center

Rick Gregg
March 07, 2018 - 7:55 pm
Michigan State Spartans Practice

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Bulls are used to sharing the United Center with the Blackhawks. But on Wednesday, they shared the Advocate Center next door... with the Spartans. Of Michigan State.

“They’ve got this week off,” said Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. “And it’s Spring Break for them.  You can do activities with teams now in the NCAA, and it was approved [by the NBA>, and they were able to practice in the facility.”

It’s a special occasion, because the Big Ten played its tournament a week early this year, creating the schedule gap.  

The Spartans might not have come to Chicago without the presence of a walk-on:  Jack Hoiberg.

“The best thing about today was, I was able to spend some time with my son,” said Hoiberg. “These days, especially when your kids are off to college, you just don’t get the opportunity to do that very often.”

Hoiberg says the Bulls didn’t get any kind of scouting advantage despite hosting the Spartans and their two possible top-ten draftees. He was the only member of the staff allowed into the practice - and he insists he didn’t stay long, instead retreating to his office to plan for the Memphis game Wednesday night.

Michigan State didn’t stay long either. They saw "Hamilton" Tuesday night, went to that Bulls game Wednesday, and were scheduled to head back to East Lansing early Thursday. They’ll learn their next destination on Selection Sunday.