HoopsHype Tom Thibodeau rumors


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But in classic Bulls fashion, an injury, this time Jimmy Butler's hyperextending his left elbow while on defense on a DeAndre Jordan screen, delayed things for a few minutes. After a commercial break, Breen asked Van Gundy if he could discuss his previous comments, which occurred on-air in a January game between the Bulls and Dallas Mavericks and then this past week, to a Chicago media writer. Van Gundy told Ed Sherman, writing for the Chicago Tribune, that he was asked by Thibodeau's agent to "tone it down" after the Mavericks game, while noting Forman yelled at him at the Dallas game. “Can you speak about it without sleeping with the fishes?” Breen said. ESPN.com

Van Gundy was happy to, and during his conversation with Breen, the ESPN cameras cut to Forman and Paxson, with the latter staring intently at his phone. “What I said previously, I stand by,” Van Gundy said. “I think, over the course of time, they’ve been unfriendly and they haven’t been pro-coach. “I think you go all the way back to Doug Collins’ time here, then Phil Jackson, and go on and on and on. So I don’t really feel the need to reiterate too much. That’s what I said. That’s what I believe.” ESPN.com

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"I've said this before, it is very difficult to come back after one year -- and you're looking at 2½ years for Derrick," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "That really is a long time. I think his confidence is coming and the timing is coming back. He is getting back to where his strengths are. That is really big for us." NBA.com

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The Bulls coach was asked about yet another play bringing up the defensive problems and the lack of communication, and took center stage on all the criticism that his defense had been receiving in allowing 99.9 points per game (16th in the NBA). “It’s everybody that’s responsible,’’ Thibodeau said of the communication breakdowns, “but you guys keep harping on it. I’m checking [Saturday morning], points per possession, defensively we’re sixth. I guess you guys see something I don’t. The numbers say what you are. “You look at rebounding? Second. Covering the line? First. Three-pointers made? Second. Three-pointers allowed? Second. To me, like I look at field-goal percentage, points per possession, because it’s telling you something. I always think we can do better, we’re playing low energy right now, but you gotta say what reality is.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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What about the idea that no one in the league pushes their players quite like you do? Do you even agree with that premise that has essentially become like gospel? Tom Thibodeau: No. Listen, I've been around a long time. There are so many different ways to pace your team. Like everyone, (outsiders) look at minutes but they don't know what's going on in practice. They don't know how much contact you have (in practice). They don't know what your philosophy is in terms of days off. Is (practice) after back to backs? Is first day of a road trip? Is (practice) a day off after never more than three consecutive days? Whatever it might be, there's a lot that goes into it. But you also — if you're looking at performance and how you can get the best out of people — there's a reason why teams have success over a long period of time. You have to have core values. What do you believe in? Do you believe in hard work? Do you believe in discipline? Do you believe in conditioning? Because those are the things I know that do work. USA Today Sports

What's your pulse of your locker room? Some folks have indicated that there may be a disconnect with you and your guys. How do you see that? Tom Thibodeau: I work every day. I'm not going in there taking their temperature. It's like, "Hey, my job is to be consistent." Come in every day. Give them a good plan. I want them to be able to count on me to tell them the truth. And when it's not good enough, I have to tell them that. I also have to tell them what we have to do to correct it. That's part of my job, so I want them to be able to count on me, to know that I'm not taking a shortcut, I'm going to put the work in and try to come up with answers. We've just to keep improving. It's really simple. USA Today Sports

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"There's no truth to it at all," Rose told USA TODAY Sports this week when asked if Thibodeau had lost his locker room. "Thibs, he's been doing a great job of preparing us — every game, every practice, every shoot-around. He's been preparing us great. As far as us coming out and losing games, it has to do with the team, the players, coming out and not playing with enough effort and not competing while we're on the floor. That's been some of the biggest reasons why we were in those tough positions and losing those games, but it doesn't have anything to do with the coach or the coaching staff." USA Today Sports

"I wouldn't say so," he told USA TODAY Sports when asked if Thibodeau was pushing too hard when it came to managing minutes and the team's practice routines. "That has nothing to do with coming out on the court and being down 20 in the first quarter. That's straight effort, and your will to go out there and win the game. Just like the other night, we came out – we beat San Antonio, beat Dallas, then lost to Miami at home. It has nothing to do with (Thibodeau). It's just with the players. We've just got to catch onto it, and just try to get better and just try to learn from our mistakes." USA Today Sports

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