Tom Thibodeau Rumors
The biggest source of vulnerability for Joerger, of course, is the fact that Pera has internally questioned his leadership in the past and so nearly fired him once before, only to patch things up in a stunning about-face in May 2014 when Joerger, deep in talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves, got a new three-year contract. Another potential complication: Pera is known to be a huge fan of Tom Thibodeau, has pursued him before and could be moved to make a run at Thibs before someone else does.
“When you lose a coach like Thibs (Tom Thibodeau), of course, it’s going to hurt,” said Rose. “All his years as a coach in the NBA his specialty was defense. But at the same time we’ve got great coaches here we believe in. We just have to follow his rules.”
As far as differences, it’s a good question. Tom had a lot of set plays that he came down into that were effective. We come down and try to get into a flow offense where there’s not a lot of calls. But we do have quick hitters to get certain guys the ball in specific spots on the floor. To try and take advantage of mismatches and that type of thing and Tom did a lot of that of those same things as well.
Thibodeau isn’t here to be added to the Jazz’s staff, but Utah general manager Dennis Lindsey’s old co-worker in Houston is in town to do some coaching. “Thibs” has helped a handful of other NBA teams since his dismissal from Chicago last spring, and most recently the Mavericks last week. “I was happy that he could come out and take a look at some of the things that we are doing,” Snyder said, “and give us some ideas and some thoughts and some coaching.”