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Add Barkley to list of people saying “just pay Thibodeau”

Sep 20, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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Tom Thibodeau remains in contract negotiations with the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls have picked up his contract for this coming season, but if they don’t work out an extension, he could walk next summer.

They’ll work out an extension. They will.

But negotiations — especially talks that separate Jerry Reinsdorf from his profits — are rarely quick or smooth. So the Bulls Thibodeau talks drag out and the fine folks of Chicago don’t like it. They want the man paid (because fans freely spend money that is not theirs).

You can add Charles Barkley to the list of people who want to see Thibs get paid, as he told the Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN Radio in Chicago (as transcribed at ESPNChicago.com).

“I don’t understand why they are not paying Thibs,” Barkley said… “He’s a terrific coach. Seems like a great guy. I’ve only bumped into him a couple times. I don’t know him, but he seems like a great guy and is a hell of a coach. Let me tell you this, he’ll have a job within a week if they don’t take care of him. He’s done a fantastic job.

“You look at that Bulls team, he’s not winning with the best players. He’s not winning with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. For the Bulls to have the best record (the past two seasons) and be really competitive without Derrick Rose basically for a year, he’s doing a hell of a job. He deserves more credit than the Bulls are giving him.”

That sentiment is prevalent in Chicago. And it’s not wrong — that team has taken on Thibodeau’s grinder personality. The Bulls out work you.

But Thibodeau wants to win and he knows with Rose in Chicago he has a chance unlike just about any other place he’s going to land as a coach. He isn’t looking to leave. Bulls management doesn’t want him to leave, they know they have something special.

It’s just about the Benjamins. They’ll figure it out. But it may take a while.

  1. dadawg77 - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    The one thing that worries me is Scalabrine didn’t join the staff. Reports were he really wants to coach and there was a spot. Rumors are he didn’t take because he wasn’t sure how this will end and didn’t want to bring around it.

  2. djcase31 - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    pay Him this is the first time since Jordan Days that the Bulls may have a chance at a Ring. I’m a huge Bulls fan they need to Pay Tom his money!!

  3. fanz928 - Sep 20, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Man just face it bulls is not going to win not in this era where you have teams like thunder heats lakers

  4. 00maltliquor - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Add me to the list too!

    Unlessss……they don’t pony up, LA cans Mike Brown and swoops up on Tommy!
    I was one of a small few that was pulling for the Lakers to go Brown last year, and I really don’t have toooo much of a problem with him other then his offense and scandelous love afair with Steve Blake, but if we could just snatch up Thibbs that would be monumental! That coach does soooo much with soooo little, imagine what he could do with the Lakers and their personnel!

  5. tashkalucy - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Amazing that it took him so long to get a head coaching job.

    The Cavs could have fired Mike Brown 2 years earlier, and hired him. If they had, the Cavs would have at least 2 championships and Lebron would still be in Cleveland.

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