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Chicago Bulls coach Fred Holberg relishing handling three big personalities next season

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Although it's become an exciting time to be a Chicago Bulls fan, many can't help but wonder how coach Fred Hoiberg is going to utilise his three best players in the two backcourt positions available.

It springs to mind a scenario that may well help the second-year coach figure it out.

Kevin Garnett, Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell were once three strong personalities for the Minnesota Timberwolves who each demanded touches.

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Their chemistry wasn't electric; after a 9-8 start, there wasn't much hope that they would head all the way to the NBA Finals, but that's exactly what happened back in the 2003-04 campaign.

Hoiberg was a reserve on that team and has seemingly learned it's lessons well.

"Depending on what the matchup was, that's who we went to," Hoiberg said of those Timberwolves. "It worked. It was a little shaky at first. But once we figured out, we really took off.

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"The thing I'm really excited about with our team next year is the amount of playmakers we're going to have," he continued. "That's what the offense is all about, having guys who can get in the paint and spray it out. We still will try to get as much shooting on the floor as we can. But I'm excited."

In Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler, Hoiberg really is blessed with a range of talents and experience. Making them all fit into a cohesive system might become problematic, but Hoiberg is relishing the challenge.

"That's what coaching is all about," he said. "Figuring what the best system is based on your talent. When I was (coaching Iowa State), I had a lot of fifth-year transfer kids and guys who were in there for one year. The big thing is to make the style fit the personnel. I played a different style pretty much every year, at least the first three.

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"It's about molding your system and philosophy to who's going to be on the floor and hopefully play unselfishly. It's still predicated on ball movement. And, again, if you have multiple playmakers, that helps everybody."

Whilst that may be true, you can also sometimes have too many chefs in the kitchen.

An experienced shooting guard like Wade has proven to know his role on offence down the years, and while he has always produced good numbers in Miami, he hasn't always been the first option.

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Rondo led the league in assists last year and that's clear evidence of his playmaking abilities. Should he predominantly carry the rock?

The former Sacramento Kings point has already said he believes the Bulls are Jimmy Butler's team; how will these three men co-exist to best benefit the Windy City?

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