HoopsHype Tom Thibodeau rumors

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From the moment Brooks signed with the Bulls over the summer, Thibodeau has raved about the diminutive point guard. He loves Brooks' toughness, he loves his ability to create offensively, he just loves his game. Over the course of just a few short months, the pair has formed a bond that will be hard to break over the course of the season. That bond was evident again on Saturday night as Brooks scored 26 points, 19 in the fourth quarter, in the Bulls' 106-101 loss to the Boston Celtics. "I came in here lacking confidence," Brooks admitted. "Even when I doubted myself, he was there to tell me, 'You know what? I've watched you play, you've done well' and just to keep working hard. It's been a breath of fresh air for me." ESPN.com

Brooks has fit seamlessly into the role that guys like C.J. Watson, John Lucas III, Nate Robinson and D.J. Augustin played before him: the backup guard in a Thibodeau system that loves to feature the point guard. With Derrick Rose's fragile health status seemingly always in question, Brooks has become the man that Thibodeau is leaning on more and more to get the offense going at various points throughout the game. "I love the guy because he's tough as nails," Thibodeau said. "You can start him, you can play him big minutes, you can play him in the fourth quarter, he's going to battle people and he's going to make the right play. He's got a high IQ. When he gets into the paint he knows where everyone is and he knows what everyone can do. And he leads guys into their strengths, covers up their weaknesses, he's just tough. He's a very good player, so I'm very pleased with what he's done." ESPN.com

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Coach Thibodeau always looks like he’s on the verge of an aneurism. What, if anything, could you do to calm him down? Joakim Noah: He looks like that whether he’s happy or sad. But I’d have him do yoga with me. He could use that. The Daily Beast

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The NBA will experiment with a 44-minute game Sunday when the Nets play host to the Celtics "to examine the flow" of a shorter contest. "It's interesting," Thibodeau said. "I'm curious myself how it plays out. In some ways, the technology (we have) has been great but it also has prolonged the game. "(Commissioner) Adam Silver is very open-minded. There's part of me that likes (the idea) a lot. And there's also a part of me that thinks about the tradition of the game and the records and the history. That's where there's conflict. But the intent is good." Chicago Tribune

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Tom Thibodeau’s word of the day Saturday: Physicality. Specifically, Derrick Rose finding it again, and the Bulls’ young players still trying to understand it. Thibodeau said Day 4 of training camp was one of Rose’s best as he continued to take on normal NBA contact, accept it and improve. ‘‘He’ll be able to handle it,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘He just has to get used to it again. That’s why the USA Basketball stuff was so important, to get used to having contact. The more he does it, the better it is for him and the more you see the rust come off. ‘‘Now you see him start to make some of the plays he’s capable of making. Now he’s starting to get a little bit of a rhythm and starting to shoot better, which we anticipated. That’s why him practicing and practicing hard is so important.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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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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