Fred Hoiberg.

Fred Hoiberg is confused about which Lopez the Bulls picked up in Derrick Rose trade

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The Chicago Bulls completed the first big trade of the off-season as they parted ways with 2011 Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose, but it seems head coach Fred Hoiberg needs to brush up on exactly who came in the opposite direction from the New York Knicks.

The Bulls, who are still searching for a first championship since Michael Jordan left the franchise, swapped Rose - who had been with the organisation for eight years - along with Justin Holiday and a 2017 second round draft pick for José Calderón, Jerian Grant and Robin Lopez.

However, Hoiberg, who failed to take the Illinois-based franchise to the playoffs in his first season, appeared to be under the impression the Bulls had picked up Brook Lopez. That's right, the twin brother of Robin, who plays for the Knicks' city rivals; the Brooklyn Nets.

In a recent interview, the 43-year-old said he was 'looking forward' to coaching Brook and said: "I've always thought very highly of him. Even going back to the draft when I was working the front office in Minnesota.

"He's a guy that will run to the rim every time. He's going to set screens and be a forceful rim-roller. I think, with [Cristiano] Felicio, in our last season we saw the success we have with them. It gives it the experience factor, 28-years old, still has a lot of great basketball left in him. The thing I'm most excited about is his ability on the defensive end of the floor."

There are many similarities between the two brothers. That is often the case with twins. However, their abilities on the basketball court are pretty different. The Nets man is an offence-first big-man, who often puts up big numbers for the franchise from the Barclays Center - posting 20.6 points per game in the season just passed.

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Robin, on the other hand, is a very defensive-minded center, who put up just 10.3 points a night as the Knicks struggled last year. However, he will certainly bring his own quality to a Bulls team that are in the midst of a complete rebuild following their first season without playoff basketball in nine years.

Rose has gone, Pau Gasol is a free agent, so is Joakim Noah, and there has even been talk in the press that Jimmy Butler could be on his way out of the United Center.

Lopez will bring a much-needed presence in the paint and on the defensive end, but the front office has a lot of work do if they are to help Hoiberg build a team he believes can take the franchise back to the postseason.

His slip of the tongue is sure to draw some laughs from the Lopez family, but it's better to get the mistakes out of the way in the offseason.

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