Bulls can say what they want about going through process. They're locked and loaded on hiring Hoiberg. His job to lose.
Bulls assistant Andy Greer has been let go. As for the other assistants, that will be determined by the new coach
Pax: "There wasn't a point of no return." Says again if Bulls were playing for a title this wouldn't be happening.
Bulls GM Gar Forman on a timeframe for hiring Fred Hoiberg, um, the next coach: "It's when we find the right guy."
Pax admits that Bulls probably wouldn't be sitting here if they had won a championship this season.
Bulls exec VP John Paxson said players never witnessed animosity between management and Thibodeau. Doesn't think it had effect.
Bulls exec VP John Paxson said Thibodeau was participant in discussions with medical people regarding minutes restrictions.
Bulls exec VP John Paxson said minutes restrictions for Noah/Rose came from input from medical staff and "was absolutely the right thing."
Gar Forman says Bulls will begin process of hiring a new coach "tonight and into the weekend." Won't get specific or give updates.
Gar says Bulls will start search for new coach tonight.
Gar says Bulls are looking for an "open and creative learner" as next head coach.
Forman said Bulls are looking for "the right fit" for "our individual players and team and organization" in next coach. Wants leader.
Gar says "nothing could be further from truth" in regards to Bulls using Thibs as an asset. Says no team called to talk to Thibs.
Forman reiterates what Tribune reported all along: Bulls would've granted permission for other teams to talk to Thibs. Nobody called.
Forman said Bulls were not looking for asset or using situation as leverage ploy. Said major decision bigger than 2nd round pick.
Gar says Bulls need a "Culture of communication that builds a trust within organization ..."
Bulls GM Gar Forman: "We want to thank Tom for all the contributions he made to the Bulls' organization."
The culture that surrounds a team is of crucial importance. I'm optimistic about the Bulls future and believe in the front office.
Pues los seis años del Tibodó ese en los Bulls se me han hecho largos
I've got confidence in Pax and Gar. They will bring in a new coach who will fit the culture and help the Bulls grow and improve.
Thibs had the Bulls moving in the right direction initially but things changed. A different leader on the sidelines became necessary.
From Bulls press release: "Over the last five years we have had some success with Tom as our head coach." ---Some?!
We all knew a change could be coming and I think the decision that was made was best for the Bulls.
Someone will, but how does next coach get past that Bulls' statement? Telling you flat-out to expect and embrace management interference.
Bulls assistant coach Andy Greer just left the Advocate Center. Bulls security was wheeling a lot of boxes out with him.
The next couple weeks for the Bulls will seem like you're hearing Kanye and Chris Rock on a track
The beginning of the end was the Bulls front office firing Tom's top assistant Ron Adams two years ago. Whatever became of Ron anyway? Hmmm.
Anybody read a statement or hear a comment yet from Tom Thibodeau killing anyone associated with the Bulls? Or is he watching film?
Firing Tom Thibodeau is such a no brainer that the Bulls felt compelled to issue the most convoluted statement killing him. Stay classy boys
If Bulls are so sure this is the right move, why the need for the public character assassination? Very telling. Just fire him and move on.
Bulls next season: Each guy plays 24 minutes, and participation medals are handed out at the end of the year. Can't wait!
Heard Paul Konerko was asked to be a coach/player for the Bulls, but turned it down.
Bulls want their pre-Thibodeau culture .... Paging Vinny Del Negro
FYI: the Bulls announcement comes eight days before JVG can offer his thoughts during Finals telecast. Coincidence? Not bloody likely.
Bulls never got over Jeff Van Gundy's public criticism. They convinced themselves Tom put him up to it when JVG does that for every coach
What can one say about the Bulls organization? Incredible.