Tim Floyd was at Iowa State a total of four years. In those four years he amassed an 81-47 record and three NCAA Tournament appearances including a Sweet Sixteen run.
Three out of Floyd’s four teams would exceed expectations. In the 1996-1997 season, Floyd’s Cyclones would be ranked as high as fourth in the nation. That team would finish second in the league, and eventually lose to UCLA in the Sweet Sixteen a game that led by double digits. In his final season, Iowa State would finish 12-18 and an 11th place finish in the Big 8 Conference.
Enter Gar Forman. Forman is currently the General Manager of the Chicago Bulls. In 1998 he was hired as a scout, and was instrumental in giving the Bulls management the name to succeed Phil Jackson. Atop the list? Tim Floyd.
Floyd had secured verbal commitments from Iowa natives Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison, who, as we know, had impressive NBA careers of their own. Floyd was eventually hired as the Chicago Bulls Head Coach in the summer of 1998. Hinrich and Collison would eventually back off their commitments and state “Iowa State was not as appealing without Tim Floyd”. Both would go on to make a Final Four run at current Big 12 rival Kansas.
Floyd would never make the playoffs in his time with the Bulls. His highest win total in Chicago was 17 wins and he would resign in his final season after a 4-21 start and fights between players and management.
Hey look! One of his Bulls teams failed to scored 50 points.
We will never know what Floyd could have done with all the star power coming his way, which is exactly why we should forget this whole thing ever happening.