CSR Exclusive: Fred Hoiberg Interview Part II

In part two of our interview, the Ames legend discusses his favorite season in the NBA, his take on the current state of the Iowa State basketball program, and what his favorite memories were when he was a Cyclone.

Cyclone Sports Report: What was your favorite season in the NBA?

Fred Hoiberg: It would definitely have to be my 2003-04 season with the Timberwolves. Personally that was one of my best seasons and we ended up going to the Western Conference Finals before losing to the Lakers in six games. I really feel if Sam Cassell and Troy Hudson had been healthy that we would would have gone to the finals. It was just great being part of the rotation and having the Target Center packed every game.

CSR: In regards to your NBA career, do you have any regrets?

FH: No, I feel I laid it on the line every night and really have no regrets. I'm really proud that I was drafted 52nd and yet I was able to grind out a 10 year career in the NBA.

CSR: You played with Kevin Garnett on the Timberwolves and then you were part of trading him to the Celtics. How did it feel seeing him win an NBA Championship last year?

FH: I was really excited for him. I know how he approaches the game and he was definitely the best teammate that I ever had. It was a trade that we had to make getting a young cornerstone in Al Jefferson but I definitely was happy for him and I really think he deserved it.

CSR: What do you think of Greg McDermott and the Iowa State program at the moment?

FH: I really like Greg and think he's doing a solid job there. I really like that he's trying to build something there and that he's not using it as a stepping stone.

CSR: What are your thoughts on your experience at Iowa State when you look back at your playing days?

FH: It was definitely the time of my life. I was a huge fan growing up and so to be able to play at Hilton Coliseum for such a legend in Johnny Orr was really the best four years of my life. I was also able to play in front of my family and the fans that had supported me my whole life which really made it even more special.

CSR: What are some of your favorite memories?

FH: I remember my first year when we played Iowa and beat them it was such a thrill to get a win in that rivalry. I would also have to say the Oklahoma State game that year when we beat them and they were #2 ranked in the country. That might have been the greatest game I have ever been a part of in my life.

CSR: Do you stay in touch with many of your old teammates?

FH: Well it was a lot of fun getting together last year for the 100th Anniversary considering that it was such a big part of my life. I definitely stay in touch with Loren (Meyer), Julo (Julius Michalik), and Hurl (Beechum) whenever I get the chance.

CSR: What are your thoughts on Ames High School having another star in Harrison Barnes?

FH: Yeah, he seems like a great kid and I remember that he attended some of my camps when he was younger. I really wish him the best and hope he has a great career.


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