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Are the Bulls taking too long to agree to an extension with Thibodeau?

Jan 15, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

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Tom Thibodeau won 62 games in his first season as Chicago’s head coach. He won Coach of the Year. He took his team to the Eastern Conference Finals. So naturally, the Bulls are taking their time agreeing to an extension with him. And now, there’s a report from New York that he’s not super-thrilled with how long it’s taking. From the New York Daily News:

What’s taking the Bulls so long to say that they’re going to pick up the option on Tom Thibodeau’s contract for next season? According to team sources, last year’s Coach of the Year is not very happy that the team hasn’t discussed his future. Nor should he be.

via No more hot Air as Michael Jordan faces chilling reality in Charlotte – NY Daily News.

I suppose there are a few reasons why the Bulls would wait. The Coach of the Year curse, being one. His success only having manifested itself a year being another. And the fact that the offense was at times horrid last season and that he was badly outcoached in the Eastern Conference Finals, and honestly, struggled in all three rounds of the playoffs probably may deserve a tap of the brakes.

But Thibodeau got Carlos Boozer to play decent defense. He turned Luol Deng into an All-Star worthy player. He helped Derrick Rose become MVP and won a metric ton of games.

You’d think the Bulls would have seen enough to say he’s their guy. Oh, well, not like the Bulls have a long-standing history of trouble with coaches. Oh, wait.


  1. philtration - Jan 15, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Is this all you can do now?
    Spend all of your time bashing the team with the best record in the NBA?

    • liltmac2003 - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:34 AM

      Honestly, this article is a joke. Actually the 3rd to last part of the article is grade-A bullshizz. Sorry to say it man.

      He was badly out-coached in the ECF last season? He struggled in all three rounds in the playoffs? Offense was horrid?

      What are you talking about? Bulls beat Miami all three times in the season, DESTROYED Miami and game 1 of the playoffs, and lost the next 4. Some of them the Bulls had the lead and gave it away…but in no way is that “badly out-coached”.

      It’s the playoffs! Everyone is bringing their A game. It was the first time in Thibs career being a head coach, and it was the first time the Bulls squad played together in the playoffs. Plus going 4-1 and 4-2 in the first and second round isn’t really struggling.

      Offense was horrid? There were VERY FEW games when Bulls lacked some offense, but that really doesn’t matter when you have the BEST DEFENSE in the NBA.

      When you look at like this: It was his first year coaching a team, won 60+ games, best defense, coached the MVP, made Deng an All-Star, and he brought in the White Mamba.

  2. rosloe62 - Jan 15, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Of course this report comes out of New York, how long has it been since Jordan toasted you? Everything will play out perfectly. Go back to crying over the lowly Knicks.

  3. jimbroney - Jan 15, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    I’m quite certain they know what kind of coach they have…oh never mind…another pointless article.

  4. goforthanddie - Jan 15, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    What’s the problem? He keeps on winning, his price goes up. They want to go cheap, he’ll have no problem finding an owner who’ll cough up the green.

  5. mlblogsbig3bosox - Jan 15, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    They should at least pick up the option since Thibodeau coaches with defense. The only thing in basketball that can beat star players is defense (see 2004 Detroit Pistons). He does have a very questionable offensive plan but changing coaches every year doesn’t help teams either.

  6. glink123 - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    This article is fabricated garbage. Get a real job, Blog Boy.

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