If the Bulls do part ways with Thibodeau, it’s unclear who they would target as his replacement. Sources peg Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry as a serious front runner.
May 26, 2016 | 6:46 am EDT Update
Howard Beck: LRT: If Noah’s leaving Bulls, expect Knicks to make a strong pitch. Phil Jackson and Noah have a rapport. And Noah has NY roots.
Veteran Bulls center Joakim Noah, his representatives and the Chicago front office continue to have a “positive dialogue” about a new contract amid a report that Noah has been telling teammates he’s ready to leave the franchise, a league source told ESPN.com on Wednesday. Those close to Noah, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, are still hopeful that he will be able to work out an agreement to stay in Chicago long term.
But Noah’s appreciation for being a one-franchise player is genuine, as is his love for the city in which his Noah’s Arc Foundation has done extensive work promoting nonviolence initiatives for youth. Duffy spoke in part to respond to a Sun-Times story stating Noah has told teammates he’s done with the Bulls. “He has great respect for the city, the fans and the organization,” Duffy said.
J. Michael Falgoust: Had convo w/a GM today. I guessed $10-12M & got laughed at. “Higher!”–> Toronto’s Biyombo could command $17M a year nba.nbcsports.com/2016/05/25/rep…
“I got a text from Kobe and he said, ‘If making history was easy, why bother?’ It’s 100 percent right. It ain’t easy. It’s a struggle. I gotta make sure it builds character, and we gotta make sure it builds character. And so, I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’ve never backed down from a challenge, and this team has never backed down from a challenge. We won’t start now.”
Bogut has averaged only 14 minutes through the first four games and it has cost the Warriors precious rebounds and a lot of their defensive rim protection. But Kerr said it wasn’t a matchup or health issue that Bogut hasn’t played much. “He’s fouling,” Kerr said. “He’s got 13 fouls in 56 minutes. He’s almost fouling out of every game in 10-15 minutes. He’s got to be smarter with his fouls. We need him out there — he was plus-7 (Tuesday) night in 11 minutes.