Seasonal Cyclones In The Pros

Fred Hoiberg announced his retirement from the NBA yesterday and will take a front office job with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Mayor was a first-team all-Big Eight and third-team all-American in 1995 at Iowa State. He had a great 10-year NBA career after being a second-round draft pick in the 1995 NBA draft.




Fred Hoiberg


The former Iowa State and Ames High School standout announced his retirement from the NBA yesterday, ending any hope of being the first person to ever play in the NBA with a pacemaker.


The Minnesota Timberwolves announced that Hoiberg will take a front office job working both with the basketball and business aspects of the team. This was a decision that Hoiberg felt he had to make with the risk that he would take just stepping out onto the court. His family means more than anything to him and the Timberwolves made the decision easier with the ability to stay with the team.                           


Jamaal Tinsley-Indiana Pacers


Tinsley put together an average of 6.3 assists, 2.7 points and 2 steals while contributing 22.7 minutes in Indian's 3 games last week. He continues to come off the bench for the currently 7th-seeded Pacers as he tries to get 100 percent healthy.


The Pacers host the Magic on Wednesday night in the season finale and have the ability to move up to the 6th spot with a victory, combined with a Milwaukee loss to the Wizards or the Wizards losing their last two games.


Tinsley will be a huge asset for the Pacers in the playoffs because he seems to only get better when the games get bigger.    


Kalvin Cato-Detroit Pistons


Cato came back last week and contributed an average of 2 rebounds, 2.7 points and 8.3 minutes in the Piston's last three games. He had been inactive since January 18 when he sprained an ankle in a game while he was still with the Magic.


Hopefully Cato can impress the Pistons enough to get some solid playing time next year in the powerful Detroit lineup.


Marcus Fizer-New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets


Fizer signed a contract with the Hornets for the brief remainder of the season on April 10th and has finally earned some playing time. He averaged 2 rebounds, 5.5 points and 13.5 minutes in the Hornets' last two games. This was highlighted by a 9 point, 18 minute performance last night in a loss to the Suns.


Things finally seem to be looking up for Fizer after a season that was up and down; from trips to the NBADL and back to the NBA. Fizer will have to work hard to make the Hornet's roster and sign a contract for next year. 


Jackson Vroman


Vroman finds himself off an NBA roster after being cut by the Hornets to make room for another former Cyclone, Marcus Fizer. Vroman broke his wrist while attempting a dunk on February 22 against Utah, giving the Hornets the leeway to cut him.


Hopefully Vroman has a full recovery and will get back on another NBA roster next season.

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