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Bulls announce four-year contract extension with Thibodeau

Oct 1, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

Tom Thibodeau AP

You knew they were going to work this out, the only questions were when and how much.

We don’t know the how much part yet, but we know the when — Bulls GM Gar Forman announced a four-year contract extension with coach Tom Thibodeau during the team’s media day on Monday according to the team’s official twitter account (and pretty much every media member there, such as’s Aggrey Sam).

This had to get done for a lot of reasons. The Bulls identity — the hard work and stifling defense — come directly from Thibodeau. They couldn’t let that go. Plus Derrick Rose love Thibs, and if you do one thing it’s keep your superstar happy. And from the other side, while Thibodeau would have certainly had plenty of other offers had he left, he would not have had a potential contender anywhere else. While the East has some very good teams (hello Miami) Thibs had to know he was not going to land in a better place to win than with Rose in Chicago.

So they figured it all out. And that is one less storyline hanging over the Bulls this year. Now we can get back to focusing on when Rose would return (Forman said he is on schedule and hopes to play later this year).

  1. michaeljordanseviltwin - Oct 1, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Good thing the coach’s salary doesn’t count toward the salary cap or the Bulls would never get Thibs extended.

  2. itsthemelman82 - Oct 1, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Finally!!! Now Thibs, ease up on those minutes a little bit

  3. tonystrong - Oct 1, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    No brainer, should have been done already!

  4. eventhorizon04 - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Not a Bulls fan but a great move.

    With all the uncertainty around the future of players like Deng and Boozer; the trials of an entirely revamped bench; and of course, Derrick Rose’s recovery, the team didn’t exactly need a year of “Will Thibodeau be back?” distractions.

  5. money2long - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    i wonder who has the better defensive mind, thibs or mike brown? brown did take one of his teams to the finals (albeit having lebron james), but thibs seems to have success after success even while enduring injury after injury. thib’s schemes are amazing. he deserves this contract. the bulls really found a gem. correct me if i’m wrong, but i do believe thibodeau was the defensive coordinator for the celtics’ most recent championship run.

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