HoopsHype Tom Thibodeau rumors

September 17, 2014 Updates

Pau will give you endless options on the offensive end. What do you like about him defensively? Tom Thibodeau: I love his length, shot-blocking, rebounding, his intelligence... Pau helps the team in so many different ways. He makes other people lot better. Offensively, defensively... We're going to be very long up front. We have Pau, Joakim [Noah], Taj Gibson, [Nikola] Mirotic... So we're going to have good size up front. We have great versatility, lots of combinations... We can play Taj and Pau, we can play Taj and Joakim, Mirotic and Pau... There's a lot of versatility to our frontline and quality depth, which I think it's important. HoopsHype

Tom Thibodeau: You know, I think you go through different cycles. I think the international players have done very, very well in our league. We played well in this tournament, but Spain was playing great, but they had one tough game and they lost. There's a lot of good teams. France is very good, Argentina is good, Brazil is good, and I'm sure I'm leaving somedbody out... Every year is different, so I think to make a broad statement like that... I don't know. I think it's good for the game to have pro players playing the World Cup. I think it makes it better for everybody. HoopsHype

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Another key selling point for the Bulls is Allen's relationship with coach Tom Thibodeau. Allen won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008 while Thibodeau was an assistant on Doc Rivers' staff. Allen would give the Bulls another long-range shooter to go along with McDermott and veteran Mike Dunleavy. News of the Bulls' interest was earlier reported on the team's website. ESPN.com

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“This is the perfect setting for him,” enthused Thibodeau. “I thought his first (USA team) experience in 2010 was the springboard to his MVP season. All summer long he’s gotten more comfortable. He went through the comeback last year and I think he learned a lot from it. I love the way he’s playing. He’s finding the rhythm of game and playing to his strengths and recognizing who’s on the floor with him and what their strengths are. He made several good plays, particularly against the zone in the fourth quarter. He’s shaking some rust off, but his explosiveness is back. He’s playing well on both sides of the ball. I think he’s in a really good place. It’s unfortunate what he’s gone through. But I think that adversity has made him a lot stronger. It was really seeds of growth for him. I love where he is mentally and physically right now." Bulls.com

“It’s something he really wanted to do,” Thibodeau said of the USA experience for Rose. “It’s a chance for him to measure where he really is. He’s not carrying the burden of the entire team. For Derrick, there are so many positives. I think this will be great preparation for the season. We have a baseline and we know there’s a long way up. His attitude and approach are terrific and I think that will serve him well. I’m very pleased where he is now.” Bulls.com

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Later, the Bulls’ brass made a pitch centered around the fact that a core of Anthony, Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson – with Tom Thibodeau coaching – would be able to contend right away in the depleted Eastern Conference. While Rose had went on the record saying that he wasn’t going recruit Anthony to Chicago, he was very involved in the team’s courtship of the superstar free agent, according to sources close to the situation. Basketball Insiders

After meeting at the facility and discussing the team’s pitch, the group went to dinner at the Peninsula Hotel in downtown Chicago. Anthony, Noah, Rose, Gibson, Thibodeau, Jerry Reinsdorf, Gar Forman and Scottie Pippen were all in attendance at the dinner, according to sources. The Bulls left the meeting and dinner feeling very confident that Anthony is seriously considering signing with Chicago, according to sources close to the situation. Basketball Insiders

In an interview Sunday with Yahoo Sports, Rose — who missed all but 10 games last season with a torn meniscus in his right knee — indicated he might not try out for the U.S. team that will compete this summer in the Basketball World Cup in Spain. The tournament begins Aug. 30. That was news to the Bulls. ‘‘In terms of if he’s ready to go, he’s going,’’ Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘‘He wants to go. That’s what he’s told me; that’s what he’s told USA Basketball. But it’s a step-by-step process. He’s coming along fine. The next step is to participate in summer league. If that goes well, he goes to USA [camp]. And if that goes well, he’ll play in those games. Chicago Sun-Times

June 27, 2014 Updates

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau does not believe Rose's status will be a major issue for his team when talking to free agents. "Not really," Thibodeau said during ESPN 1000's NBA draft show on Thursday night. "In the NBA, injuries are part of it. And most guys go through a period in their own career when they're injured. It's adversity that you have to get past and get over and most of these guys have done that so I don't think that's going to be a big deal. I think they're going to see Derrick and they're going to know that he is healthy." ESPN.com

June 24, 2014 Updates

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