Fred Hoiberg: I'm really fortunate that I get checked every six months and I really feel good. I'll definitely be having another surgery in the next five years to replace my aortic valve which they spared at the time so that I would be able to still play. It has since started leaking so at some point I will be getting that fixed.
CSR: How scary of an ordeal was that for you?
FH: I was in the best shape of my life and had just had the two best seasons of my career so it was really a shock to me. It was really scary but I feel very fortunate that they found it when they did.
CSR: How do you feel that experienced changed you?
FH: It really put life in perspective for me. I'm just so happy that every day I get to be with my kids and watch them grow. I also feel really fortunate that I got to play in the NBA for ten years.
CSR: You are now the Assistant General Manager for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Did you ever envision being an NBA executive?
FH: I never really thought about it. You think a little bit about the future but at the time I still thought I had four or five years left to play in the NBA. Coaching was something that was always on my mind as an option when I finished my career but they just so happened to offer me this position. It's great because I'm learning every day and I love to get on the road and scout players. I also love being in Minnesota because it keeps my wife and I very close to our families. I just want to do everything I can to help get things turned around here for the Timberwolves.
CSR: What is the biggest challenge of the job?
FH: I would have to say getting used to the schedule. When I was playing I had my summers off and you would get to make your own schedule for five to six months out of the year. Now I would say that my summers are the busiest with the NBA summer leagues and getting ready for the NBA Draft. I'm now working throughout the year scouting young prospects both here and overseas.
CSR: What is the best part of the job?
FH: Probably getting on the road and going overseas. It's really fun trying to find the right pieces to the puzzle. It's really important this year because we will have four first-round draft picks.
CSR: You got to announce to the Timberwolves fans on draft night that O.J. Mayo was definitely the pick but then my morning the fans were finding out that it was Kevin Love. How weird was that for you to have to deal with?
FH: Yeah that was absolutely a crazy night for the franchise. We definitely felt that O.J. was our pick but then at the beginning of the second round we got called by the Grizzlies. When they threw Mike Miller into the deal we got excited because now we would be trading one good young player for a proven veteran, one good young player, and we would be getting rid of a long-term contract. We just couldn't pass up that deal.
CSR: Does Kevin McHale still have the great post moves?
FH: Yeah and he's really a good guy to teach the big guys on our team. He's really helped Kevin Love and Al Jefferson.
CSR: Is it your goal to be a general manager in the NBA one day?
FH: I don't know at the moment. I'm just focusing on what I need to do to get this team better. So we'll see what happens down the line.
CSR: Could you see yourself coaching in the NBA or in college basketball?
FH: It's not on my mind at the moment but I would never rule it out.