Tom Thibodeau Rumors
The Warriors, Timberwolves and Thunder are three such teams that believe Noah, who turns 33 on Sunday, could bolster their respective rosters for the postseason. Minnesota is an obvious one since it would reunite Noah with his former coach with the Chicago Bulls, Tom Thibodeau. Golden State and Oklahoma City also feel that Noah’s experience and defensive prowess would solidify their respective benches.
Thibodeau said All-Star weekend should be “more in the middle” so the break doesn’t come so late in the 82-game schedule. “Just my opinion,” he said. “I’m sure there’s a reason why it isn’t. It seems like it would make a lot more sense when it’s in the middle of the season.”
Mike Trudell: Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau was asked about Josh Hart: “Terrific. He’s just a good basketball player. He can do everything. Shoot, pass, defend.” Thibs called it “huge” that the Lakers found him late in the draft (No. 30 overall).
The Wizards are so short-handed in the backcourt right now that they’re almost forced to make a move of some sort; don’t think they’re worried at all about stunting Satoransky’s growth. But the latest whispers suggest that Rose is unlikely to go anywhere until after All-Star Weekend now that every team is moving into break mode. So it might be next week before there’s any clarity here. (The Wolves, meanwhile, will always maintain a level of interest in Rose as long as Tom Thibodeau is there, but it certainly raised eyebrows that Minnesota elected not to snag him off waivers when it had the chance.)
Nick Friedell: Thibs and the Bulls didn’t end on good terms. Still a lot of hard feelings within the organization. But I still believe the Bulls missed a major opportunity both last year and tonight by not giving Thibs a video tribute of his own. I think many fans would have appreciated it.