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    Nate Loenser added as an assistant

    Turns out the rumor was true and Nebraska has landed former Bulls assistant and college basketball veteran Nate Loenser. Loenser will join the staff as a full time assistant, replacing Doc Sadler. Sadler will move into the role of Special Assistant vacated by Bobby Lutz.

     

    Hoiberg on the hire: “This is the third time I had a chance to add Nate to my staff and believe that he is the best player development guy I have worked with. He was a valuable member of our staff that won a pair of Big 12 Tournament titles in Ames. In Chicago, he did a remarkable job with our G League team in its first season, as we had more than a dozen players recalled or sign with other NBA teams. He has earned the respect of players around the league because of his ability to relate with players, and to help them reach their goals. We are pleased to welcome Nate and his family to Lincoln.”

     

    Loenser was immediately available for this job as he was let go by new Bulls coach Billy Donovan in October of 2020 as part of a shakeup of the staff. Prior to that time he served as an assistant under Jim Boylen and Fred Hoiberg in addition to being tabbed as the first ever coach for the Bulls expansion G League squad, the Windy City Bulls. The Iowa St grad got his start in the college ranks at Southern Miss during the Larry Eustachy era before making his way back to ISU during the Fred Hoiberg era to get his graduate degree.  Loenser played baseball for the Cyclones and was a 4 sport star in high school despite being born with a partial left arm.



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    57 minutes ago, HB said:

    Some suggested we would have offseason changes to our coaching staff, and got excoriated.    Oh wait, we have offseason changes to our coaching staff.  

     

    Would it be considered slamming the old staff, which had only been here two years, if we applaud this hire?

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    3 minutes ago, Norm Peterson said:

     

    Would it be considered slamming the old staff, which had only been here two years, if we applaud this hire?

     

    Actually, "trashing" them.  So be very, very careful.  

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    Looks like a good hire.  An excellent coach with NBA history that is most noted for 'player development.'  With all the first and second year players on our roster, this looks like the 'right guy for the job.

         

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    Seems we haven’t fired anyone. I believe people wanted coaches fired for not recruiting good enough even though currently we have a top twenty class coming in. One of the guys requested to be fired was not even allowed to recruit, oddly enough. Let’s not change the narrative

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    Ok, then  we’ll go with the narrative that no changes are allowed until after 3 years have passed, and everyone needs to stay quiet in the meantime.   Go with that narrative.  But I’m glad Fred didn’t.  The ”all is well crowd” wanted to do nothing.  The head coach knew changes were in order.  

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    7 minutes ago, HB said:

    The ”all is well crowd” wanted to do nothing.  The head coach knew changes were in order.  

    I think all is well. I would have been fine if Fred didn't make any changes. Also think if you can add an NBA level coach to your bench, and still keep one of your most trusted basketball minds on your staff in some capacity - you take advantage. To your point, Fred is still at the stage where what ever he think is best, should be trusted and respected. 

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    I find Fred Hoiberg to be pretty candid when he's on his radio show. If he hasn't been asked about everyone's responsibilities by the time he starts a new show, someone hit him up. 

     

    Otherwise

    • Loenser is a development guy.  If you're going to add him, it only really makes sense as an assistant
    • Doc is getting paid 320k to be a special assistant. If this is a demotion, he's being well compensated for it for at least a year.

     

     

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    On 4/6/2021 at 11:04 AM, basketballjones said:

    Welcome to the family Coach Loenser! Hopefully you're not a Losener! I'll see myself out. 

    Hopefully not a Loopner either...

     

     

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