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Coming-of-age rom-com gets a coming-out twist

  Times are a-changing, indeed. After all, it isn't every day that we get to watch a film about "gender-fluid" young men who share a reluctant smooch, while the SRO crowd watching their story being played out on the big screen cheers them on. That was the pervasive mood that greeted us when we watched a recent screening of Greg Berlanti's fresh, funny and feel-good coming-out tale "Love, Simon," which will have sneak previews tomorrow and on May 1 before its nationwide release on May 9. The aforementioned kiss is the main protagonist's bold act of you-and-me-against-the-world defiance that stems from a life shrouded in secrecy. Hunky 17-year-old high school student S...Keep on reading: Coming-of-age rom-com gets a coming-out twist.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerApr 28th, 2018

Coming-of-age rom-com gets a coming-out twist

  Times are a-changing, indeed. After all, it isn't every day that we get to watch a film about "gender-fluid" young men who share a reluctant smooch, while the SRO crowd watching their story being played out on the big screen cheers them on. That was the pervasive mood that greeted us when we watched a recent screening of Greg Berlanti's fresh, funny and feel-good coming-out tale "Love, Simon," which will have sneak previews tomorrow and on May 1 before its nationwide release on May 9. The aforementioned kiss is the main protagonist's bold act of you-and-me-against-the-world defiance that stems from a life shrouded in secrecy. Hunky 17-year-old high school student S...Keep on reading: Coming-of-age rom-com gets a coming-out twist.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 28th, 2018

Cora says opportunity to manage Red Sox is a return home

By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora didn’t expect his first chance to manage in the major leagues to come this soon, but the new Boston Red Sox manager he says he’s ready to take on the challenge of leading one of its most storied franchises. Cora was introduced Monday at Fenway Park as the 47th manager of the Red Sox. A native of Puerto Rico, the 42-year-old becomes the first minority manager of a club that was the last in the majors to field a black player. “I’ve always said the last two years, that I’m a capable manager. It was going to come down to somebody to give me that opportunity,” he said. “I never thought that I was getting interviewed because I was a minority. I happen to be.” Alex’s father, Jose Cora, was the founder of the Little League in his hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico. He died in 1988, but his son still is propped up by the messages he learned from both his parents. “That’s what he preached — school and baseball,” Cora said. “My mom, she’ll be around during the season ... She’ll talk baseball with you guys.” A middle infielder on Boston’s 2007 World Series championship team, Cora says he sees the job as a return home to “a perfect situation,” inheriting a young team coming off back-to-back AL East titles under manager John Farrell. Cora played four seasons for the Red Sox, and this year was the bench coach for the World Series champion Houston Astros. The Astros beat the Red Sox this year in the AL Division Series in a matchup of first-place teams. While Cora wants to focus on baseball, he said he realizes the significance of his hire both on the mainland and in Puerto Rico. He presented president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox with a Puerto Rican flag to thank them for sending a plane full of supplies to aid in Hurricane Maria relief efforts. Later, wearing his new Red Sox jersey and cap, he took pictures holding the flag with his daughter, Camila, and stepson, Jeriel. “I’m proud to be a Puerto Rican,” he said. “You’re going to see that flag and you’re going to see a lot of fans from back home. ... The history I understand and the history throughout the game — there’s not too many Latino managers. There’s not too many minority managers. But there’s 30 capable managers and I’m one of them.” One of the criteria Dombrowski said would be key in finding a successor for Farrell would be someone who could handle the intense spotlight that comes with managing in Boston. He said Cora embraces it. “Boston, for a lot of people, is a challenge. But for me, it’s not,” Cora said. “This is a city where I understand they live baseball 24/7. But, you know what? I come from a country where they live baseball 24/7. In my family, for breakfast we talk baseball. For lunch we talk baseball. And for dinner, too.” In addition to Cora, Boston also interviewed former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and new Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire. But Dombrowski said there was an instant comfort level with Cora. Dombrowski initially said past managerial experience would be important in the hire. But Cora’s cumulative experience with the Astros, as well as serving as general manager of Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, and as a general manager and manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League satisfied that requirement. “It may not be the same as the big leagues by any means, but it is an experience of calling the shots during the game,” Dombrowski said. Cora says he won’t shy away from using the analytical approach he learned as a bench coach this past season with the Astros. But he stressed that won’t be a substitute for cultivating the relationship between the front office and players. “The most important thing about the whole analytical world and coaches is there has to be a connection,” Cora said. He said building bonds with players will be among his top priorities. “This year I learned talking to players is not bad, having a relationship with players is not bad,” Cora said. “You embrace them. You tell them how good they are, and when you have to twist their arm and tell them it’s not good enough, they’re going to respond to you.” NOTES: Dombrowski said the team is still working to hire a new pitching coach and will continue to purse filling that position during organization meetings in Boston this week. ... The Red Sox hired Tim Hyers as hitting coach and Andy Barkett as assistant hitting coach on Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 7th, 2017

Flood, illness could not stop Robert Bolick from getting his well-deserved trophy

Until the very end, Robert Bolick had to work for his first-ever individual trophy in the collegiate ranks. The undisputed leader of NCAA champion San Beda University was all set to be recognized as the Player of the Year in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Basketball Awards held last Thursday at The Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros. Three hours before the event organized by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps, however, he had bad news. As it turns out, Bolick was not feeling well and his stomach flu had him on the verge of going to the hospital. “Masakit talaga. Two days na nga akong hindi nakapag-practice (with San Beda),” his message read. And so, it appeared that the 5-foot-11 lead guard would not be able to hoist his first-ever individual trophy. With that, the air became heavy inside the venue as, aside from Bolick, also absent from the event were four awardees from Ateneo de Manila University, who were in Greece for tuneup games, and two awardees from Lyceum of the Philippines University, who were in Calatagan, Batangas for team-building. The downpour of rain and, of course the sudden flooding it entailed, didn’t help either as several representatives of the awardees were regrettably forced to miss the awards night as well. And then, right in the middle of the heavy rain, Bolick told the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps that he was willing his way to the event. “Sirs, pupunta (na) ako, for sure. Para sa inyo, sirs, kakayanin ko ‘to,” his message read. Not only that, he was going to Intramuros from Sta. Ana in Manila by booking an Angkas. “Sarap pala mag-Angkas no? Traffic lang saka natakot ako sa mga truck,” he shared. And so, until the very end, the now 21-year-old had to work for his first-ever individual trophy in the collegiate ranks. Whatever it was, though, he said that finally holding the Player of the Year was well worth it. “Ang sarap. Meaning lang nito, mahal niyo ako,” he said, joshing with reporters. True to form, however, he was also quick to add, “Pero sa akin wala talaga yung individual. All I want is a championship.” Along with the trophy, event backer Chooks-to-Go also rewarded all of Bolick’s efforts with PhP 15, 000 in cash. In the end, the stomach flu, the heavy rain, and the flood he had to overcome were no match for the well-deserved recognition as well as pocket money to celebrate it. After all, the pride of Ormoc, Leyte had already proven that he could persevere through the longer, harder route just to get to his destination. While he was the hands-down King Lion, coming through when his team needed him the most, he was left out of any individual hardware after being disqualified for the Mythical Team due to a controversial ejection in an elimination round game and after being edged out by teammate Donald Tankoua for Finals MVP. And so, even with two team championships, Bolick was yet to receive individual honors – from his time as a reserve in De La Salle University to his time as main man of San Beda. Not anymore, as the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps set up the stage for, at long last, his one shining moment. And just like he always does, Robert Bolick, finished it all with a flourish. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News5 hr. 13 min. ago

UE spoils Ricci Rivero’s UP debut in Got Skills Summer Showcase

STANDINGS (Under-25) Letran 7-2 FEU 6-3 LPU 6-3 La Salle 5-3 UE 5-3 NU 5-4 Arellano 4-4 UP 4-4 MLQU 1-8 UA&P 0-9 Ricci Rivero officially wore the UP jersey for the first time on Friday at the Buddha Care Gym in Quezon City and made an immediate impact with 34 points. However, Rivero’s scoring spree wasn’t enough to overcome a balanced UE side which held on for a 69-68 win that sends the Fighting Maroons to back-to-back losses in the 2018 Milcu Sports Basketball presented by Got Skills Adidas Summer Showcase. UAAP Season 80 Mythical Team member Rivero was determined to make a good first impression on his new team and was on the mark from start to finish with a sky-high 63.6 clip from the field. Despite UP’s strong start, however, the Red Warriors just kept coming behind swingman Chris Conner and big man Wilson Bartolome who finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Forward Rey Acuno was right there with them and scored 10 points of his own while rookie guard Jojo Antiporda chipped in nine markers. Behind the balanced attack, UE overcame the Fighting Maroons and their newest prized recruit to improve to 5-3. Rivero, who had just transferred from La Salle to State U last month, did not get much help from his teammates as no one else joined him in double-digits. The loss is the second straight and fourth overall in eight games for UP which was also beaten by National U, 64-59, last Tuesday at the Trinity University Gym also in QC. Sweet-shooting forward JP Cauilan was the lone scorer in double-digits with 14 points on top of seven rebounds, but his efforts were more than enough to tow the Bulldogs to 5-4. Fil-Am forward David Murrell shone for the Fighting Maroons in that game with 14 points and six rebounds. Meanwhile, Letran powered its way onto the top spot after outmuscling La Salle, 72-67. Wing player Allen Mina showed the way for the now 7-2 Knights with 17 points while bigs Gerwin Sangalang and Daryl Pascual merged for 22 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks. Transferee guard Jordan Bartlett was the lone bright spot for the Green Archers with 24 points. La Salle was coming off a 71-56 domination of Manuel L. Quezon University three days ago. They now stand at 5-3. BOX SCORES TUESDAY GAMES FIRST GAME LA SALLE 71 – Bartlett 20, Bongay 14, Manuel 10, Alcala 13, Alcoriza 6, Cu 4, Santillan 2, Manaytay 2, Javelosa 0, Bates 0 MLQU 56 – Peralta 13, Sual 10, Gula 7, Alimasa 6, Jamila 6, Pastor 5, Verzosa 5, Fabila 2, Zulueta 1, Hermosa 1, Teobengco 0 QUARTER SCORES: 16-21, 31-32, 45-48, 71-56 SECOND GAME NU 64 – Cauilan 14, Oczon 8, Sistoza 7, Rangel 6, Yu 6, Diputado 5, Flores 5, Minerva 4, Morido 3, Salim 2, Chatman 2, Penano 2, Malonzo 0, Atienza 0, Puray 0 UP 59 – Murrell 14, Kangga 12, Santiago 9, Gomez de Liano Ja 6, Gomez de Liano Ju 5, Espanola 4, Battad 3, Ong 2, Malingin 2, Madrigal 2 QUARTER SCORES: 10-7, 27-20, 42-44, 64-59 FRIDAY GAMES FIRST GAME LETRAN 72 – Mina 17, Sangalang 12, Pascual 10, Gonzales 10, Reyson 8, Favila 6, Pamulaklakin 5, Pambid 4 LA SALLE 67 – Bartlett 24, Manuel 13, Bongay 10, Cu 8, Abadeza 6, Alcala 5, Escandor 1, Alcoriza 0, Javelosa 0 QUARTER SCORES: 12-12, 31-28, 55-42, 72-67 SECOND GAME UE 69 – Conner 14, Bartolome 11, Acuno 10, Antiporda 9, Varilla 6, Lacap 6, Maloles 4, Dimayuga 3, Gagate 2, Manalang 2, Beltran 2, Gallardo 0, Strait 0, Sobrevega 0, Cullar 0, Guion 0, UP 68 – Rivero 34, Madrigal 9, Battad 7, Gomez de Liano 5, Gregorio 5, Ong 4, Malik 2, Ollano 2, Malingin 0 QUARTER SCORES: 16-27, 33-34, 56-52, 69-68.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News5 hr. 13 min. ago

Petron wants PSL Invitational title this time

With the Philippine Superliga Invitational 2018 coming up, expect Petron to bring their A-game as they look to make up for a mishap that happened the last time this tournament was played. Blaze Spi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News13 hr. 39 min. ago

Biggest shake-up coming for insurance accounting

International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 17, Insurance Contracts, is considered the biggest shake-up in insurance reporting for decades, affecting all insurers reporting under IFRS. The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) released the final standard internationally in May 2017. The Financial Reporting Standards Council (FRSC) locally adopted it in March 2018. It will be effective January [...] The post Biggest shake-up coming for insurance accounting appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News19 hr. 0 min. ago

‘Pokémon Quest’ to make June mobile debut

The cute and cuboid Pokmon spin-off, initially announced for Nintendo Switch, will be coming to iOS and Android this June 27. With its free-to-start structure seemingly made for mobile, former Nintendo Switch exclusive "Pokmon Quest" will be finding new homes on iOS and Android. By adopting a new art style, importing the franchise's original Pokmon to a new area, Tumblecube Island, and putting the emphasis onto creature collection and a more passive mode of combat, "Pokmon Quest" represents a trade-off between traditional Pokmon adventures and the bestiary management of previous mobile megahit "Pokmon Go". The free Switch version already employed dual energy and in-game curr...Keep on reading: ‘Pokémon Quest’ to make June mobile debut.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News22 hr. 39 min. ago

A new K-drama from the makers of Descendants of the Sun is coming to Netflix

SEOUL, Korea – K-drama fans now have more reason to Netflix and chill (we mean literally): the upcoming Korean drama Mr. Sunshine will soon be available on the streaming service for viewers around the world. The 24-episode series comes from writer Kim Eun-sook, and director Lee Eung-bok, the same people behind ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is coming to Manila

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is coming to Manila.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

Stephen King s Dark Tower graphic novels to be republished

Image: AFP Relaxnews A set of graphic novels based on Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' series is set to be published in August, with books coming out every two weeks. The fantasy seri.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

PBA: Mark Caguioa is now a top-15 all time scorer, but it s more rings he s after

Wednesday night was a historic night for Ginebra Gin Kings guard Mark Caguioa. Aside from helping the Gin Kings to a 134-107 win over Columbian, the decorated vet made history by becoming the 15th all-time leading scorer in PBA history. After finishing with eight points in eleven-and-a-half minutes of action, Caguioa reached a career total of 9,931 points, surpassing PBA great Freddie Hubalde’s 9,927. Truly an amazing feat for the 17-year pro, but at this stage in his career, ‘The Spark’ isn’t too focused on individual honors any longer. After all, the 38-year old has had his share of awards, like a Rookie of the Year trophy in 2001, an MVP trophy in 2012, three Best Player of the Conference nods, just to name a few. Now, the six-time PBA champion is looking to win more rings. “Yung mga individual [feats], I’m okay with it.  Pero you know, when you’re ano na, [at this age], I’m looking for more championships before I retire. Just more championships.” A known scorer for throughout his career, Caguioa maintains that the points will keep coming, but that isn’t his main focus. “Those points, If I play, it will come but I’m not really after anything. So I’m after more championships.” Aside from already taking 15th all-time, Caguioa is also inching closer towards another milestone: ten thousand career points. The 10K Club is a select group of players that include the likes of Ramon Fernandez, Alvin Patrimonio, Robert Jaworski, Benjie Paras to name a few. Just 69 points away, Caguioa could reach that milestone before the end of the conference. But of course, if the Gin Kings want to play even more games, they’ll need to keep winning. Currently sitting at 4-5 and bunched up in the 6-8 seed, Ginebra has two more games left and will have to make sure that they win out. Caguioa maintained however, that his goal isn’t to reach ten thousand career points. For Caguioa, it’s all about the rings. “Like I said, it will come if I play with limited minutes. I will not really go after it. I’m just gonna try to win more championships.”  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Stephen King’s ‘Dark Tower’ graphic novels to be republished

A set of graphic novels based on Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series is set to be published in August, with books coming out every two weeks. The fantasy series by King was originally published as a series of seven books from 1982 to 2004, and a comic book adaptation was launched in 2007 by Marvel Comics. Now, publishing rights to the comics have been acquired by Gallery 13, the graphic novel imprint of Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster; it will publish the previous stories in 11 graphic novels in all. Those books will include five prequel works focusing on Roland Deschain of Gilead's coming-of-age and told in chronological order, now titled "Beginnings", ...Keep on reading: Stephen King’s ‘Dark Tower’ graphic novels to be republished.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Michael Jackson life to be turned into musical

NEW YORK, USA – The life of Michael Jackson will be coming to Broadway in a musical incorporating the King of Pop's tunes penned by a leading US playwright. Producers of the musical announced the project on Tuesday, June 20 without revealing a title and said they aimed for a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Cebu to host WUWC qualifying tilt

THE search for the next Hidilyn Diaz continues as the Federation of the School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) tapped the Cebu Weightlifting Association (CWA) to organize the qualifying tournament for the Philippine representatives to the coming 6th World University Weightlifting Championships. CWA president Felix Boy Tiukinhoy said the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Phoenix awardee leads archery s Asiad gold hunt

Deadeye Nicole Marie Tagle will simultaneously serve as the anchor of the archery team bound for the coming Asian Games and the Youth Olympic Games. The 15-year-old from Dumaguete City will be the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Joshua Garcia declares his love and made a sincere promise to Julia Barretto

The movie ofJulia Barretto,Joshua Garcia, andKris Aquinois coming up soon. And during one of their press conferences, Kris couldn't help but do an impromptu interview whenJulia was asked if the two are officially together. She goes, "TitaKris... Help!" and then laughs. "Julia, take it from me. It has to be the boy," said Kris. "The boy has to be the one to confirm and not the girl." She then put Joshua on the spot because she said he deserved it after what he did. Remember last Aprilwhen he slid a DM into one girl's Instagram? Well, yeah. That's what Kris was talking about. "The ball is in your court. I'm sorry I still use that term. Joshua has to answer that. Can I conduct the...Keep on reading: Joshua Garcia declares his love and made a sincere promise to Julia Barretto.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Anne Curtis thriller to open locally on Aug. 1

  'Buy Bust.' the much-awaited action-thriller film of Anne Curtis is set to hit Philippine theaters starting August 1.   The movie will also be closing the New York Asian Film Festival this coming July. The official poster and teaser of the film will be out and ready this Friday and fans have laid out their excitement for the film.   The story follows two teams deployed by an antidrug enforcement agency to clean up drug-infested slums of Metro Manila.   Unlike her usual classy, poised, compelling roles, Buy Bust this time features a badass murderous Anne who shows a no-holds-barred style in slaying bad guys.   For this movie, Curti...Keep on reading: Anne Curtis thriller to open locally on Aug. 1.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Yook Sung-jae of Goblin and BTOB is coming back to Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Yook Sung-jae will be returning to Manila for a fan meeting on July 13, video streaming platform Viu Philippines announced on Tuesday, June 19. "We are very happy to bring Yook Sung-jae closer to his Filipino fans," said Viu Philippines country head Arianne Kader-Cu of the fan meet ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Filipinos are curious about XXXTentacion, recently killed at 20

An up-and-coming rapper was shot dead in Miami, piquing Filipinos' curiosity......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Q& A: Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com A year ago, on the night of the 2017 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls switched gears. Jimmy Butler was traded to Minnesota, taking with him any pretense that the Bulls were a legitimate playoff team. In that moment, Chicago committed to a rebuild, which is to say, a dive into the draft lottery where coach Fred Hoiberg and his team presumably would be rewarded not for how many games they won but how many they lost. By whatever means necessary. Soon after Butler was moved to the Timberwolves, veteran point guard Rajon Rondo was waived. A few months later, Dwyane Wade was cut loose (via a handsome buyout) to bounce through Cleveland to Miami. The Bulls moved forward with three young pieces courtesy of the Wolves -- wing Zach LaVine, guard Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in 2017, rookie forward Lauri Markkanen -- and a general acceptance that getting from there to here was going to bring a lot of pain. Some of that was literal: Bobby Portis slugged teammate Nikola Mirotic in a preseason practice, breaking two facial bones and putting Mirotic on the shelf for 23 games. Some of it was figurative: the frustration of a season that began as a 3-20 mess and ended in a 10-28 slog. In between, though, the Bulls somehow put together a 14-7 stretch that offered a glimpse of what 2018-19 might be. It also cost them precious lottery balls, eventually leaving them with the No. 7 pick (and No. 22, after dealing Mirotic in February to New Orleans) in Thursday’s (Friday, PHL time) Draft. Hoiberg, who went from an alleged coaching “hot seat” during two .500 seasons, wound up with more job security as a coach headed toward 50 defeats and beyond. He spoke with NBA.com about his and the Bulls’, er, challenging season. This is edited from a pair of longer conversations, one at the end of the regular season, the other within the past week. NBA.com: So you go through everything that was 2017-18, dutifully lose 55 games and wind up at No. 7 instead of in the top three for the Draft. The inevitable question is, was it worth it? Fred Hoiberg: Obviously you’re disappointed. You were hoping to move up. But we’re confident we’re going to get a good player with the No. 7 pick and we’re confident we’ll get a good player with the 22nd pick. NBA.com: C’mon, this isn’t our first rodeo. I get that people don’t like to use the word “tanking,” but the Bulls’ marching orders last season were pretty clear. FH: I don’t think you can look at it that way in the midst of your season. The players are competitive, your staff is competitive. You want to play as well as you can and put yourself in a position to win. When you look at the successful stretch that we had in December and January, you think about carrying those things forward and then adding, based on who we get, to the roster. There was some real frustration that we didn’t get a lot of wins at the end. But we developed some younger players and saw what we had with some of our guys. NBA.com: When you guys had that run before the season’s midpoint, winning seven in a row (first team in NBA history with such a long winning streak immediately after a losing streak of 10 in a row) and 10 of 12, did you and the front office ever consider a Plan B? As in, maybe, show potential free agents how good your supporting cast could be, in hopes of luring big-name help this summer? FH: I think we did. What we showed was a really good foundation and a young core that we can build around. When I look back at it, I just wish we could have had more opportunity to work with it and see what it would have looked like. When Zach LaVine came back [Jan. 13 from ACL knee surgery], the plan was for him to play about 20 minutes a night. Then his third game, Kris Dunn fell against Golden State and had that concussion [that cost him 11 games, before missing the final 14 with a toe injury]. It’s too bad we didn’t get the full look. But players like Cam Payne, Denzel [Valentine], Bobby, Robin [Lopez], Justin Holiday all had career years.   NBA.com: You had a lot of injuries down the stretch. Not to suggest that they weren’t all legit, but were you instructed at any point by VP John Paxson or GM Gar Forman to dial it back after that 14-7 success? FH: No, we weren’t. And the big thing from the very beginning of last season, the two things we wanted to see, was competing at a high level every night and the development of our players. I think we accomplished that. NBA.com: What -- in your background as a player, coach, competitor, you name it -- prepared you for this past season? FH: Part of what prepared me for this was, I had been through this as a player. I went from four really competitive teams in Indiana, playing with someone as driven and helpful as Reggie Miller, taking me under his wing. There were other great veteran players who helped me just to survive and taught me a lot. Larry Brown was the coach, then Larry Bird my last two years.   Then when I came to Chicago, I knew it would be an opportunity to play. But it was a rebuild. Eventually I got thrust into the role of captain, as the oldest player on team at 28. It really helped me with what we’re going through now. I learned how important it is to keep guys’ morale up and be positive through the ups and downs. I give our guys all the credit in the world for remaining so positive, keeping up a great work ethic and still being sponges in wanting to learn. NBA.com: What were the takeaways from the best and healthiest part of last season? FH: We got a pretty good feel for what Kris Dunn can be. He really evolved into being a closer for our team. Lauri was closing games for us, taking big shots as a 20-year-old kid. Zach had the game against Minnesota. What people fail to remember about Zach, he averaged over 22 points a game in February and really got into a pretty good rhythm. Then he had some knee soreness and wound up sitting for the rest of the year. But we had some flashes of what this can turn into. NBA.com: Niko paid for his role in sparking that hot streak. FH: Niko was great. He missed those first 23, and I thought our team handled that adverse situation about as well as anybody could, not letting it affect us in a negative way. We were able to move past it. You even saw the chemistry that Niko and Bobby played with when they were out there together. NBA.com: How hard was it personally downshifting from a team that had gone to the playoffs to one that didn’t put a priority on winning? FH: When the move was made on draft night, when those three kids came in, right away there was an excitement. Everyone had seen what Zach had done. He was a highlight reel and had those slam dunk championships. He plays the game with ease on the offensive end. His athletic tools and ability to get up and down the floor. Kris, everybody absolutely loved coming out of the draft [in 2016]. Then he had an up-and-down rookie season. Helping him to get that swagger back that he had coming out of Providence took some work, but he was aching to put that work in. Markkanen, I know the guys upstairs knew how good he was but I had no idea. I didn’t study him because we had the 15th pick. He comes over after a grueling summer -- summer league, Eurobasket with all that pressure in front of his home fans -- and he was exhausted. But then you saw every day, “Man, this kid is really good.” You’re thinking, we could probably put the ball in this kid’s hands. Then he goes up and dunks over a whole team and you say, “My God, this kid’s more athletic than we thought. He uses his feet, he’s got anticipation, he’s got toughness.” He showed a little more every day. NBA.com: Was it difficult asking a proud veteran like Robin Lopez to put it in idle over the final 25 games? FH: I think he understood. He’s been a part of a lot of different situations. He was great. He continued to lead. He continued to practice hard. He talked to the bigs as they came off the floor. NBA.com: Was your own health challenged at all by the stress of this season? Your past issues related to your heart are widely known, and coaching an NBA team even in the best of times is a demanding job. FH: After two open-heart surgeries, I do have to sometimes check myself. There are so many things you can over-concern yourself with in this business. Then you look back a week or two later and say, “My God, why did I put so much effort into that one stupid thing that happened?” You have to let go sometimes. My family is so important for me with that. You get some normalcy in your life. [At night, lying in bed, Hoiberg can hear a valve in his heart every time it beats. He let a visitor listen, too, and sure enough... ] If this ever affected me to the point where I had to throttle back, I would move on to something else. When I had my first surgery and they removed the diseased tissue from the aorta that had an aneurysm in it, they got rid of the problem. The valve deteriorated after they put a new valve in and they had to go in again, but the diseased tissue no longer was there. If it was a risk, I’d be doing something else. But it’s a constant reminder. You think you’re going to get used to it, but you never really do. My wife will be lying next to me and she hears it. NBA.com: When you look back on 2017-18, is it like “Casablanca” for you guys? As in, you’ll always have December? FH: It was fun to see how much the work paid off. Everyone was putting so much into it to get out of that slump. You can say, we had something to build on there. But whenever I talked to our team, before or after, it was all about competing on a nightly basis. Being consistent with their effort. I couldn’t be more proud of how they handled it. They were on time. They kept trying to get better. They worried about what they could control. I didn’t have to have even one of those conversations where I sat a guy down and said, “You’re not playing hard enough.” I did have a few conversations where I said, “You need to move the ball more.” [laughs] NBA.com: Big difference, coaching relative kids after the so-called “three alphas” of Butler, Wade and Rondo? Jimmy seemed eager to stay here to win. FH: Jimmy did so many things for this team. He was great to coach. You knew every night you were going to get an unbelievable effort. A guy who never backed down. Who never shied away from the big shot. And was going to defend at a high level every time he stepped on the floor. So Jimmy was missed in a lot of ways. But when you look at the young guys’ abilities, it’s exciting. NBA.com: What do you make of having better job security now that the losses are mounting, compared to those .500 seasons? FH: I don’t think any one of the 30 guys in our position pay attention to that. You can’t do your job if you do. You go in and try to improve as an individual, as a staff, as a team. Our first year, Derrick Rose suffered an orbital fracture in the first workout. We had 10 rotation players who missed double-digit games. Two starters missed 50 or more [Mike Dunleavy, Joakim Noah]. Niko had that botched appendix surgery. The next year was a completely different team. Nobody predicted we’d be a playoff team but we were and had a good chance to beat Boston before Rondo got hurt. NBA.com: When you’re not coaching veterans, is it a purer form, as far as installing “your” system vs. tailoring things to them? FH: You always look for the best system, the best approach. The basics don’t change, but [in 2016-17] we had a lot more isolation players, so we ran more of those types of actions. This [past] year, more ball movement, player movement fit this group better. We had longer, harder practices as opposed to a veteran group as the year went on. NBA.com: Since the end of the season, how much time have you put in on developmental activities and draft preparation? FH: We’ve had a lot of guys in and gotten a lot of work in, in the early part of the offseason. We’re looking forward to working again after the draft with some new young players as part of the roster. It’s all about moving forward. NBA.com: As you look back over the past year, with the script flipping to the point where the Bulls wanted to win by losing and maybe lost -- some draft position, anyway -- by winning, what goes through your mind? FH: What was Donovan Mitchell [the Rookie of the Year finalist chosen by Utah]? The 13th pick? You just never know with the draft. You play hard, you get the culture established the way you want it and things take care of themselves. What really would have been devastating would have been ending the season with negativity, with your team not playing hard, with your team disinterested. That’s something that would be a real cause for concern going into an offseason. But our guys felt good about themselves. Some were sacrificing in a big way and pulling for younger guys. They were playing hard, they were cheering for each other. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

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