HoopsHype Tom Thibodeau rumors

January 20, 2015 Updates

A source close to the Bulls tells SheridanHoops that eating the remaining money (roughly $11 million) and years (two after this season) on Thibodeau’s contract will not be a concern to management or ownership if they decide to fire him. The feeling among some players in the locker room is that Thibodeau is simply too hardcore, too much of an oddball personality, and runs his best players into the ground both in practices and games. SheridanHoops

So in a case like this one, if Thibodeau has lost his locker room, he should not expect a ton of support from management. People close to the organization have told me that relations between Thibodeau and the front office have improved in the two years since assistant coach Ron Adams was let go against Thibodeau’s wishes, but I have heard enough anecdotes from people close to the team to realize that Thibodeau still views Bulls management with a jaundiced eye. And some have told me that team president John Paxson remains lukewarm at best regarding Thibs. SheridanHoops

So you can be damn sure that Thibodeau’s job will be on the line as the Bulls, losers of four of their last five, begin a brutal stretch that includes games against the Spurs, Mavericks, Warriors and Suns before the end of January. The pre-All Star break schedule concludes with a home game against the Cavaliers — but it should be noted that Chicago does not exactly enjoy a home court advantage. They are 12-10 at home and 15-6 on the road. SheridanHoops

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They have quality depth in Aaron Brooks, whom Thibodeau fought to get on the roster to provide insurance in case Rose started slowly, Gibson and Mirotic, which management has insisted for two years would be worth the wait after coming over from Real Madrid. NBA.com

"I'm not surprised he's improved," Thibodeau said. "The amount he's improved, I wouldn't be honest if I said I saw it coming. I thought he was capable of scoring more than he did, but playing the way he is, he's playing great. On both sides of the ball, he's an All-Star, and he's making big plays for us." NBA.com

December 28, 2014 Updates

Whatever they did worked, as Team USA breezed through the competition, winning all nine games by an average margin of 33 points and earning the gold medal. "I just know he’s a really, really good coach. One of the best I’ve ever been around. I learned a ton from him," Williams said. "His players love him, they play hard for him. "He and I were both wide awake trying to figure out how to help our team win a gold medal. I learned a ton from him and like I said, he’s one of the best I’ve ever been around." CSN Chicago

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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

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