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Thibodeau wants to know how restricted area will be officiated this season

Sep 16, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

Chicago Bulls' coach Tom Thibodeau yells out during the first quarter of their NBA pre-season basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Chicago, Illinois Reuters

Each year about this time, the NBA coaches get together for a series of meetings in Chicago — consider it a little meeting where the coaches just talk shop for a few days with their guard down. Relatively.

Part of it is fun — you can get fitted for a suit, the coaches all go out to dinner together.

Another part of it is work, such as going over the league’s officiating “points of emphasis” for the upcoming season. That’s when the NBA tells the coaches what rule they are going to start to really enforce this season (something that often kind of reverts to form halfway through the season). For example a couple years ago it was the quick technical for anyone seen as showing up an official (something that is now inconsistently enforced).

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told what he wants to talk about is play in the restricted area.

“After a summer of watching our games [from last year], watching how the restricted area’s being officiated is always something I’m concerned with. I think initially the offensive player was getting the benefit and they were throwing themselves into the defensive players and getting to the free-throw line.

“Then I think the officials adjusted to that – but now maybe going the other way. There are a lot of guys who are fouling in the restricted area and the defense is getting the benefit of the doubt. So I’m curious to see how that changes.”

That will be one thing to watch, but you can bet there will be others. It will be interesting to see the league’s new focus, we just know it’s not flopping.

  1. adamsjohn714 - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    thibs…. it will consistently be officiated inconsistently. Last year it looked like the defensive player could launch himself forward as long as he remained straight up and down while flying forward into the offensive player.

  2. chiadam - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Thibs will film himself getting fitted, break down the film for three weeks, then decide he best run Luol Deng into the ground.

  3. stayhigh_247 - Sep 16, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    what else do you say when you have one of the best slashing point guards in the league. plant those seeds early, Phil Jackson did it all the time.

  4. 12444uggg - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    One of the interesting things about being in Downtown Chicago (usually around the Blackstone hotel) is meeting all of the coaches. I met (something) O’Brien wearing a Pacer shirt (having no clue who he was, still really don’t) I said sad time to be a Pacer fan and he said “I hope not, I’m the Coach!”
    Doc Rivers chatted about the Bears for a few minutes with me. Lawrence Frank isn’t very smart. Don Nelson is a huge person.

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