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January 29, 2015 Updates

"I wouldn't say so," he told USA TODAY Sports when asked if Thibodeau was pushing too hard when it came to managing minutes and the team's practice routines. "That has nothing to do with coming out on the court and being down 20 in the first quarter. That's straight effort, and your will to go out there and win the game. Just like the other night, we came out – we beat San Antonio, beat Dallas, then lost to Miami at home. It has nothing to do with (Thibodeau). It's just with the players. We've just got to catch onto it, and just try to get better and just try to learn from our mistakes." USA Today Sports

"You want to be a championship team, there's a price to pay," Thibodeau declares. "And that's what you have to do. There's no shortcuts. You can't shortcut your way to success … I'm going to give everything I have each and every day, and I have no regrets." USA Today Sports

Q: Tom, you're getting asked about your coaching style quite a bit these days, from the managing of minutes to practice habits and all those kinds of things. Any part of you feel like there's too much focus on that aspect of your guys' season? Tom Thibodeau: "To me, it's not a big deal. If you coach in this league, it's part of the territory. They're going to criticize you for something. You have to stand by what you believe in, and I don't believe that we lost in the playoffs (last season) because we were out of gas. If you look at what we've done the second half of the season (in the past), we've always done extremely well the second half of the season. Now you get to the playoffs, and when you're down a Derrick Rose and you're down a Luol Deng and you're down a Joakim Noah, now it's different. Once you get to the playoffs, now it becomes more equal talent. Maybe we lost because we were shorthanded. That's the way I look at it. USA Today Sports

But it also underscored how, despite last week's team meeting instead of a practice, Thibodeau isn't going to change, even while the speculation about his long-term future with the Bulls continues. Despite the two seasons left on the four-year extension Thibodeau took several months to sign in the 2012-13 season, several league sources believe Thibodeau's relationship with management is beyond repair. And while there are no plans to replace Thibodeau during the season, a mutual parting of the ways after this season wouldn't surprise many league personnel familiar with the deteriorating dynamic. Chicago Tribune

"The only way you can improve execution and timing is really through repetition," Thibodeau said. "The only way you get repetition is you have to practice. … There's the school of thought that less minutes are better. There's also the school of thought that when you do less, you also become deconditioned." This is how Thibodeau coaches. This is how he will continue to coach. "No one talks about Phil," he said. "Phil has won more championships than anybody, and he played his main guys big minutes. Pau (Gasol) never averaged less than 371/2 minutes under Phil." Chicago Tribune

January 28, 2015 Updates
January 27, 2015 Updates

Ainge is in his 12th season as president of basketball operations, and the summer before last he commenced a major roster reconstruction with the trade of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. The frequency of transactions has accelerated in recent weeks as the Celts gather draft picks and shed salary. “I feel like I love what we’re doing,” Ainge told the Herald. “I think that we have a big task and a real challenge ahead of us, and I love the challenge. I’m ready for the long haul, and we’re prepared to do it as quickly as we can. But I’m also ready to do it the long way of developing players into a good team. From my standpoint, I’m enjoying it. “I love what I do. I love the people I work with, and I think we just all take it a year at a time. But right now I’m looking at it as a phase. I plan on being here for a while, and I plan on Brad (Stevens) being our coach for a while, and I plan on us turning this thing around.” Boston Herald

January 26, 2015 Updates

In fact, a pair of recent reports have cast doubt on whether Hollins and Johnson will still be with the team when the snow subsides. The Nets’ brass is prepared to “evaluate” Hollins, according to a report from ESPN. Johnson, meanwhile, was being discussed in trade talks with the Charlotte Hornets, who were offering a package including Brooklyn native Lance Stephenson, swingman Gerald Henderson and forward Marvin Williams, according to a report from Yahoo Sports. But according to a source with knowledge of the Nets’ thinking, the report about Hollins was untrue and the trade talks with the Hornets had ended. Still, the two teams could reignite negotiations closer to the Feb. 19 trade deadline. In fact, the Hornets have discussed sending Stephenson to Brooklyn no fewer than three times since signing him to a three-year, $27 million deal last summer, according to the source. Wall Street Journal

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