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Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman addressed Monday the decision to not renew the contract of lead assistant coach Ron Adams, which the Tribune reported Saturday as a move that could cause tension with coach Tom Thibodeau. “We want to thank Ron for what he’s brought and wish him the best of luck in the future,” Forman said. “We make tens if not hundreds of decisions every year, from free agency to trades to the draft to different personnel within the organization. When we make a decision like this, it doesn’t serve anybody well to go into detail. The decision was made by me because I felt it was best for the Bulls moving forward.” Chicago Tribune

In a surprising move, a league source said the Bulls will not renew the contract of lead assistant coach Ron Adams, whose deal expires Sunday. Adams, in his second stint with the Bulls, returned in 2010 after a successful run as Scott Brooks’ lead assistant in Oklahoma City. Adams left the Thunder in part to join longtime friend Tom Thibodeau’s first staff and also to live again with his family. It had remained in the Chicago area for school reasons following Adams’ first stint with the Bulls under Scott Skiles. Chicago Tribune

According to sources, general manager Gar Forman made the decision, not Thibodeau. Forman informed Adams on Friday. Reached Saturday, Forman said the team doesn’t comment on personnel matters. Adams also declined comment. A call to Thibodeau wasn’t returned. The move raised eyebrows within and outside the organization as perhaps the first public indication of tension between Forman and Thibodeau. Though management has final say, head coaches typically are in charge of their staffs and the Bulls have made three straight playoff appearances. Thibodeau, for instance, let go Pete Myers when he first took over, a longtime franchise fixture. Chicago Tribune

June 29, 2013 Updates

In a surprising move, the Bulls will not renew the contract of lead assistant coach Ron Adams. Adams, in his second stint with the Bulls, came to Chicago following a successful run as Scott Brooks’ lead assistant in Oklahoma City. A longtime friend of Tom Thibodeau's, Adams left the Thunder to be closer to his family, who remained in the Chicago area for school reasons following Adams’ first stint with the Bulls under Scott Skiles. Chicago Tribune

March 15, 2013 Updates

Chicago Bulls assistant coach Ron Adams on coaching David Robinson: “David was good already. Tom, (Thibodeau) our head coach and I were both on the staff in San Antonio. I think he (Robinson) got into a good routine offensively and defensively. He was so much more than just a basketball player. He was kind of the foundation stone. The hallmark of the Spurs from that time to now is having good people on the team. You had David, Sean (Elliott), a wonderful guy, and Avery (Johnson). Then this was carried out by Tim (Duncan), he’s a heck of guy. So now you had David and Tim together. Now, having Tim gives you that kind of stability, probably a different kind of leadership than David. We were a very close knit-team. We (Bulls coaches) were just at a restaurant. I was with Tom and I told him, ‘This was the place where we gave Sean his going away party when we traded him.’ That’s highly unusual. Now guys go from team-to-team all the time. If someone on the team had a birthday, we would celebrate by going to that person’s house and most of players would be there with their wives. It was a nice and constructive social setting, which carried over to the basketball floor. David was the catalyst certainly to that.” NBA.com

January 17, 2011 Updates

The players haven't changed. And neither have the plays. Only one thing is different about the Thunder's defense. Ron Adams. The wily assistant coach who was largely credited for revamping the Thunder's once ragged defense jetted to Chicago last summer. With his departure, Oklahoma City's defense has seen a drastic drop off. Entering tonight's game at the Los Angeles Lakers, which marks the midway point of the season, the Thunder has regressed in opponent points, opponent field-goal percentage, opponent 3-point field goal percentage, blocked shots, opponent turnovers and defensive efficiency. Oklahoman

December 13, 2010 Updates

The Bulls' point guard spent countless hours in the gym working with head coach Tom Thibodeau, assistant coach Ron Adams and trainer Rob McClanaghan on speeding up his shot. The validation of that hard work has come this year; Rose has added a reliable long-range dagger to his already impressive repertoire. "I'm trying to show everybody what I've been working on," Rose said after Saturday night's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in which he knocked down a career high five 3-pointers. "You want to show opponents or people that you play against new things so that you know that it's going to be a hard night. They were leaving me wide open on the shots, I was just taking my time, my teammates were passing me the ball when I was open and I was just shooting." ESPN.com

June 28, 2010 Updates

After weeks of speculation, the Oklahoma City Thunder's coaching staff will indeed be affected by the hiring of Tom Thibodeau as Chicago's newest head coach. Ron Adams, the man many have credited for being instrumental in building up the Thunder's defense, will join Thibodeau's staff with the Bulls. Oklahoman

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