HoopsHype Tom Thibodeau rumors

February 4, 2014 Updates

"Me and Thibs, we're both on the same page, man," he said. "We compete, we just want to win and I'm a competitor. Of course I want to be out there when the game is on the line. If you have a teammate that doesn't want to be out there, then he shouldn't be in the NBA. But Thibs understands. We've talked about it before and he wants to win. We want to win. It's only us. Nobody’s coming to save us this year. We’ve got to do it with what we’ve got in the locker room. We're all aware of that and we’ll be ready for the next one." Chicago Tribune

February 3, 2014 Updates
January 31, 2014 Updates

Less than three weeks from the NBA’s Feb. 20 trade deadline, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau knows that execs John Paxson and Gar Forman are receiving calls. “The way that works is, when something gets close, they will come to me,” Thibodeau said. “But every conversation they’re having I don’t know about, nor do I want to know about. I think it’s important for me to focus on the guys we do have.” Chicago Tribune

Veteran guard Kirk Hinrich is considered the most likely to go. He looked sharp Wednesday in San Antonio following a four-game absence for a hamstring injury. Mike Dunleavy is also a possibility. He is averaging 11.2 points in 28.9 minutes and shooting 40 percent from downtown. “We’ll get calls because we have good players,” Thibodeau said. “They have to take those calls and weigh whether something makes sense. If they think it does, they’ll get my opinion on it. That’s all I can ask for.” Chicago Tribune

January 29, 2014 Updates

What was his relationship like with Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, then? “I don’t have one with Thibs,” he said. “Nah, nah.” He laughed quietly, like he was being goaded into saying something he didn’t want to say. “That was a good one,” he said. Chicago Sun-Times

January 26, 2014 Updates

Anthony is rumored to be opting out of his deal with the Knicks, and the growing speculation is that he wants to play for coach Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls won’t let the rumors distract them. “They’ve gotten used to you guys,’’ Thibodeau said sarcastically on Saturday. “It’s really the challenge of the league. ‘‘When you lay out your plan at the beginning of the season, you talk about all the things that crop up during a season. There are always injuries, trades, things going your way, things not going your way, the schedule, early games, late games, back-to-back games. There’s all that stuff. Chicago Sun-Times

“It’s very easy to get distracted. If you want to look for an excuse to get distracted, you can find one every day. ‘‘The important thing is to build the right habits, so you can be ready to play each night. I think the good teams do that. That’s the challenge for every team.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

January 24, 2014 Updates

Rumors have circulated all season that Thibodeau's future in Chicago may not be for long due to spats with upper management, frustrations with injuries and the current roster. Thibodeau has denied all rumors -- including the one that said he had a deal lined up to become the Knicks' head coach next season -- and Rivers, one of Thibodeau's closest friends -- doesn't see any reason why Thibodeau won't be coaching in the Windy City in 2014-15. "He's under contract, so yeah, I don't know why he wouldn't be. I think it'd be nuts not to have him here. I think he's one of the best coaches in the league and so if you have that, that's an asset. And I don' think any right-minded organization would allow that asset to leave, Rivers told reporters. "Because with all the adversity they've had with injuries, if you allow that one to leave things would fall apart, and that's pretty much a guarantee." CSN Chicago

January 23, 2014 Updates

Teague, 20, was selected by Chicago in the first round of the 2012 draft. Unfortunately, it didn't work out there. "It just wasn't clicking with Thibs [coach Tom Thibodeau] the right way," Teague said. "Just trying to figure out the system was kind of tough for me. The way they play isn't really my style, so it's kind of difficult for me. But I've got a new start now, so I'm just looking forward to the future." ESPN.com

Rose was one of 28 players named for the 2014-16 USA national team pool on Thursday, and if his surgically-repaired right knee can respond in time, he could play in this summer’s FIBA World Cup in Spain. “Well, I’m hopeful that he will,’’ Thibodeau said of Rose on Wednesday night. “But a lot depends on where his health is. But I thought it was a great experience for him in the past. I know how much he enjoyed it. I know how USA Basketball feels about him. I think it’s a great honor and a privilege, and hopefully it’ll work out.” Chicago Sun-Times

Instead of trying to guard Kyrie Irving, Kirk Hinrich spent Wednesday in Chicago, trying to guard against a prolonged absence with treatment for his right hamstring. Coach Tom Thibodeau said “it would probably be a week” until Hinrich returns from the injury he suffered in Monday’s overtime victory over the Lakers. But given Hinrich’s injury history and fickle nature of hamstring tweaks, the Jan. 29 game against the Spurs that begins a six-game trip would be best-case scenario. Chicago Tribune

January 20, 2014 Updates
January 17, 2014 Updates

Having spent almost 20 years in the NBA as an assistant before getting his first head coaching chance with the Bulls, it's clear that Thibodeau learned a lot from watching Jackson. "I sat on that other bench," he said. "And I always sitting their saying, "When's he going to take them out? When's he going to take them out?" And he never did. And you know what? That was great coaching. And (Gregg) Popovich was the same way with (Tim) Duncan early on in his career. I think Pop, he and Phil are two of the best, maybe the greatest of all time. Both of them." ESPN.com

January 15, 2014 Updates

Asked if the organization had completely ruled out that scenario, especially after Rose practiced with the team much of the second half last season while he was coming back from surgery on his left knee, Thibodeau said, “I haven’t really even talked to [trainer] Fred [Tedeschi] about it. We ruled him out for the season. That’s basically the way we’re approaching that.’’ Either way, Rose was at least feeling like he was part of the team again, making his first road trip with the Bulls since his meniscus injury. He was off-limits for the media, but Thibodeau still thought it was an important step for Rose and the team. Chicago Sun-Times

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