In the past couple of hours a number of reports have surfaced on Tom Thibodeau's relationship with the Chicago Bulls front office. Blog a Bull, the Chicago Bulls SB Nation website, has a thorough run down of the details here. Below is a quote from KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune on the current situation.
Despite last week's team meeting instead of a practice, Thibodeau isn't going to change, even while the speculation about his long-term future with the Bulls continues. Despite the two seasons left on the four-year extension Thibodeau took several months to sign in the 2012-13 season, several league sources believe Thibodeau's relationship with management is beyond repair.
And while there are no plans to replace Thibodeau during the season, a mutual parting of the ways after this season wouldn't surprise many league personnel familiar with the deteriorating dynamic.
Much of Thibodeau's frustration appears to be linked to the minutes restrictions on both Derrick Rose (now lifted) and Joakim Noah according to Blog a Bull. It is well known that Thibodeau plays an extraordinarily short rotation. Seven players average at least 27 minutes a game including Jimmy Butler leading the league (39.5) and a 34 year old Pau Gasol logging 35 a game.
Zach Lowe discussed the long standing problems between the front office and coaching staff. This inability to agree extends back at least to the Del Negro era in 2008-09. I lived in Chicago during the 2007-08 season as well and remember their being serious discord between Scott Skiles and the front office. During that season the Bulls went through THREE different head coaches.
That the Bulls can't get on the same page on basic organizational issues is an indictment of everyone involved -- from Del Negro to now.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) January 29, 2015
This isn't, like, debating religion or politics. It's basic NBA things. People should be able to get in a room and get on the same page.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) January 29, 2015
Do You Know What It's Like, To Miss New Orleans?
There is some history between Thibodeau and New Orleans. Tom Thibodeau was the first choice of then-GM Jeff Bower. Of course Thibodeau turned down the job (thanks George Shinn and your terrible, no good, very bad method of ownership) and the then-Hornets hired Monty Williams. Then, in a stroke of idiocy, the team fired Jeff Bower just as the free agency moratorium was lifted. Dell Demps was hired a week later.
If Thibodeau is available this off season he will be one of the most sought after coaches. He has made the playoffs every year in Chicago despite waves of injuries, especially to their superstar Derrick Rose. Tom Thibodeau has a 0.655 career winning percentage and is renowned throughout the league as a defensive savant.
If Monty Williams is fired after this season the Pelicans job is the best available job in the NBA. Wave around Anthony Davis highlights and that he is going to be around for quite some time and the best and brightest around will come knocking.
Should Tom Thibodeau top that list? Let's hear your opinion in the comments.