HoopsHype Tom Thibodeau rumors

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Jimmy Butler didn’t end the season in a happy place. The Bulls two-guard was downright disappointed with the way he was used in a five-game first-round playoff exit against the Washington Wizards. According to one teammate, Butler was unhappy enough that he actually met with coach Tom Thibodeau after Game  2 and voiced his complaints. Chicago Sun-Times

It wasn’t about the 43.6 minutes per game he saw in the series but that he felt like he was being phased out of the offense, especially when the two-point-guard attack of Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin was on the floor. Butler wants to be the defensive stopper that plays heavy minutes, which means his scoring is bound to suffer somewhat because of the physical style he plays defensively. That’s why it will be a huge offseason for him — he has to improve on a season in which he shot just 39 percent from the field and 28 percent from three-point range. In the three games after his talk with Thibodeau, Butler averaged 15.7 points, almost three points higher than his regular-season average. Chicago Sun-Times

May 9, 2014 Updates

Sam Smith: I assume I’ll be answering this one for months. As far as I know, which I guess can change any time or that no one told me, no one has asked for permission to talk with Thibodeau about their coaching opening. The larger issue may be the journalism, or lack of it. Most of these stories seem to be some team, according to someone always unnamed and who exactly in management is telling reporters this stuff, is thinking about asking for Thibs as their coach. So you say no one ever thought about Phil Jackson as their coach or Pat Riley? NBA.com

The Warriors are expected to contact the Chicago Bulls to explore the availability of their head coach, defensive whiz Tom Thibodeau, who was an assistant in Boston when Lacob was a minority owner of the 2008 champion Celtics. They're also believed to be considering the merits of former NBA head coaches Lionel Hollins, Mike D'Antoni, George Karl and Jerry Sloan, and college head coaches Fred Hoiberg and Kevin Ollie, and are waiting for assistants David Fizdale, Alvin Gentry and Nate McMillan, the latter two former head coaches, to complete playoff runs. San Francisco Chronicle

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I don’t know if there is anything to this, but I’m pretty sure Thibs isn’t going anywhere but coaching the Bulls. There was a flurry of this talk to the Knicks a few months back and Thibs was often joking about it. The interesting part was the ridiculous speculation the Lakers would give up their lottery pick perhaps in the top three. Of course with the Lakers having committed all sorts of picks in the future in deals they probably can’t trade their pick, anyway, though there are ways around it if you are serious. NBA.com

May 1, 2014 Updates

The biggest clash of all came last summer. That's when Forman decided to let go of popular assistant coach -- and Thibodeau confidant -- Ron Adams. It was a choice that left bad feelings on both sides, although several team sources insist that Forman and Thibodeau have tried to mend their relationship throughout this season. The big question comes down to whether they could coexist in the future. ESPN.com

“The core is good,” agreed Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. “The core is in place. At this point, you’re going to evaluate everything. You have the draft, you have free agency, and you have trade possibilities. So we have good flexibility and we’re looking forward to the challenge.” NBA.com

Bryant will wish for Tom Thibodeau to free himself from Chicago. He loves Jeff Van Gundy, and shares management's affinity for Euro legend Ettore Messina, who spent a season on Mike Brown's staff. Yahoo! Sports

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So, of course, there were glares between the two. ‘‘I remember one day we were working out at the Berto Center, and Thibs was putting me through a real hard workout,’’ Noah said this week. ‘‘I told him, ‘You know, Thibs, if we weren’t winning games, I would really, really hate you.’ And he said, ‘Trust me, Jo, I feel the same way about you.’ ’’ Noah wasn’t far off. ‘‘Initially, it was hard to run things [with Noah],’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘I talked to his college coach [Florida’s Billy Donovan], and he told me the same thing and that basically [Noah] got better every year. His first few years in the league, I was in Boston, so I had that perspective. Maybe that was good in some ways because you see him in a different light. Chicago Sun-Times

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