HoopsHype Tom Thibodeau rumors

January 12, 2014 Updates
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There are rumblings around the Chicago Bulls’ offices these days that Tom Thibodeau already has a deal in place to coach the Knicks next season. Well, Thibodeau is represented by CAA, the one and only firm that Jim Dolan wants to deal with when it comes to players and coaches. But it’s extremely difficult to believe that an agreement has been struck with the former Knicks assistant to come back to New York, since he’s under contract to coach the Bulls through 2016-17. New York Daily News

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But Paxson insists the front office has a "really good" relationship with its coach. "Look, it's not realistic to ask Tom or his staff to be happy about taking a player of Lu's caliber off your team," Paxson said Tuesday. "[General manager] Gar [Forman] and I put ourselves in Tom's shoes a lot. Every day, really. And we know what he's facing. We're not sitting up here saying be happy about it. It's hard. It's difficult. "But what has to happen within an organization is that when decisions are made, that as a group you have to align together, and you have to move forward. And our focus now has to be on how best to take advantage of what we've just done. That's the challenge -- and Tom's going to be a part of that process with us. That's how this works." ESPN.com

"I had a chance to voice my opinion," Thibodeau said of his meeting with the front office before the trade was made. "Their job is to make financial decisions, to make player personnel decisions, and things of that nature. Their job is to do that. My job is to coach the guys that are here. That's the way it works." Asked if he disagreed with the trade when he talked about it with the front office, Thibodeau said, "We discussed it, and I'll leave it at that." ESPN.com

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Thibodeau said management sought his opinion, which he declined to share with the media, before making the move. "We discussed it and I'll leave it at that," said Thibodeau, who has been a huge Deng supporter. Chicago Tribune

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Ron Adams, in his first season as a Celtics assistant, forged a close relationship with Stevens when Stevens was at Butler University and Adams was on Tom Thibodeau’s staff with the Bulls. Adams was not re-signed by Chicago last summer. Thibodeau talked before Thursday’s game about how Adams can help Stevens’s development as an NBA coach. “He’s a great assistant; he’s a great coach, period,” Thibodeau said. “I think Brad has really studied the pro game for a long time. He came by a few times to visit with Ron when Ron was here. “Obviously his record speaks for itself at this level and I think he’s done a terrific job with the Celtics. Boston Globe

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Adams does so after general manager Gar Forman didn't renew his Bulls' contract in late June in an unusual move that drew widespread league attention because head coaches typically handle their staffs and the Bulls were coming off three straight playoff berths. It also raised questions about the working relationship between Forman and coach Tom Thibodeau. Adams, who said he's enjoying working with Stevens and the Celtics, addressed Forman's decision for the first time publicly in an interview. Forman declined comment, as he has since addressing the matter generally at the time. "It's still a bit mystifying to me," Adams said. "And I don't understand it. And if the intent was to be hurtful to me and my family, it succeeded." Chicago Tribune

December 30, 2013 Updates

Tom Thibodeau will coach Monday night's Bulls game against the Memphis Grizzlies after missing the team's morning shootaround for his father's funeral. Thomas J. Thibodeau Sr., 83, died Wednesday, the day the Bulls defeated the Brooklyn Nets in a nationally televised Christmas game. Thibodeau flew to his hometown of New Britain, Conn., for Sunday's visitation. The funeral was held Monday morning in New Britain. Assistant coach Adrian Griffin ran the Bulls' Monday morning shootaround at FedExForum. Chicago Tribune

December 22, 2013 Updates

“This is good for him but it’s good for us. We both need each other,” Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. “When you look at his entire career, his first two years in the league were terrific. Even last year, I thought he had some very good moments in the playoffs. He’s been a little up-and-down. Sometimes that’s not uncommon for a young player. But you can see that he has a lot of confidence. I like his skill set, that he can run a pick-and-roll, he can shoot, he can make plays. And I like the way he’s competing defensively. Each game, you can see he’s making a conscious effort to do the right things. NBA.com

December 16, 2013 Updates

Near a quiet corner of the locker room the other night, Thibodeau let out a smile when the topic of his future arose. The former Coach of the Year says all the right things, claiming he doesn’t even pay attention to people speculating about his job status. In many ways, the Bulls should do whatever they can to repair damaged bridges, end the drama. “I got a great job here, I got a team that I love, and all I think about is our team,” Thibodeau told RealGM. “I look forward to this challenge.” RealGM

December 12, 2013 Updates

Tom Thibodeau knows the city. He knows the Knicks organization. And he likes the makeup of their team. But the Chicago Bulls coach doesn't think much about recent speculation that he could end up being head coach of the Knicks in the not-to-distant future. "No comment on any of that stuff," Thibodeau said Wednesday night before his Bulls lost to the Knicks, 83-78, at the Garden. "Mike's a hell of a coach. I have a great job. And I love my team." Newsday

Thibodeau is one of the most respected coaches in the league and likely would have his pick of jobs if he and the Bulls did part ways. Though he had a lot of good things to say about the talent on the Knicks before Wednesday night's game, he said the only team he thinks about coaching is the one he is on. "Usually, a lot of the stuff that is thrown out there is B.S.," he said. "If you pay attention, that's not good. It takes away from what's important is our improvement and getting ready for the next gam Newsday

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