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Look, Thibodeau is a workaholic when it comes to preparation and effort and he expects his players to do the same -- wait, no, he believes in that as the surest way to success. Every player in uniform is at his disposal, which might make some linger a little longer now in street clothes when they've been hurting. Management's imposed limits on minutes, for Derrick Rose and Noah in particular, has led to the coach straining some at the leash. He and his bosses have had frictions in the past, though GM Gar Forman dismissed this week's drama as any sort of story. NBA.com

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So in a case like this one, if Thibodeau has lost his locker room, he should not expect a ton of support from management. People close to the organization have told me that relations between Thibodeau and the front office have improved in the two years since assistant coach Ron Adams was let go against Thibodeau’s wishes, but I have heard enough anecdotes from people close to the team to realize that Thibodeau still views Bulls management with a jaundiced eye. And some have told me that team president John Paxson remains lukewarm at best regarding Thibs. SheridanHoops

July 31, 2014 Updates

The two most obvious faces in the Rose Camp are his brother/manager, Reggie, and his agent, B.J. Armstrong. Reggie obviously did little to help his brother’s cause on Feb. 21, 2013, blasting the organization on the night of the trade deadline for its lack of movement. Never mind that Derrick Rose was still nursing a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, despite team doctors clearing him to return. It wasn’t the last time the organization would have problems with Reggie expressing his opinion. Then there’s Armstrong. The former Bulls guard and title winner worked for the organization under former general manager Jerry Krause. But when vice president of basketball operations John Paxson came in, Armstrong was demoted from his assistant GM post into a scouting position. Armstrong was completely out by 2005, reportedly unhappy with Paxson and the Bulls. The fact that Armstrong, who works for the Wasserman Media Group in Los Angeles, became Rose’s agent was an obvious concern for the Bulls. Chicago Sun-Times

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Sources said Noah has been in Anthony’s ear as often as possible, and he has told other Bulls to push hard for Anthony this summer. But there is one condition: Backup big man Taj Gibson can’t be sacrificed. And there’s the kicker. For the Bulls to keep Noah, Gibson and point guard Derrick Rose, Anthony would have to be willing to sign a contract in the $14 million- to $15 million-a-year range, and general manager Gar Forman and vice president John Paxson would have to get creative with the rest of the roster. Chicago Sun-Times

March 17, 2014 Updates

"Phil is a really smart basketball guy and I have no doubt, given time, he'll do very well," said John Paxson, who played for Jackson, worked on his Bulls' staff one season and now is the Bulls' executive vice president of basketball operations. "I've always felt he has a sixth sense about people and it's one of the reasons he's been able to blend different personalities into a cohesive unit. "He's the best at seeing nuances of the game and having patience with people, so I expect him to have success. Every organization is different. And he's walking into a situation that needs leadership and direction. That's what he does well: He leads." Chicago Tribune

March 13, 2014 Updates

No decision has been made on Carlos Boozer’s future. Bulls vice president John Paxson said so in January, and general manager Gar Paxson reiterated that position Wednesday. “People can say or think what they want, but that decision absolutely hasn’t been made,’’ Forman said in a phone interview from a scouting trip. “We make decisions when we have to make decisions.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

February 28, 2014 Updates

Speaking on WGWG-FM 87.7 on Thursday, VP of basketball operations John Paxson again addressed all of the speculation that Thibodeau’s lifespan as the Bulls coach could be a short one, especially with the New York job likely opening up this summer. “He is not going anywhere. … I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that our team is the best prepared in the NBA with Tom as our head coach,’’ Paxson said. Chicago Sun-Times

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Several sources indicated that the trade deadline could be a quiet one, and that was backed by Bulls vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman last week. “You have to put yourself in the other team’s position,’’ Paxson said. “People just don’t give up great players.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

February 13, 2014 Updates

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