The drama that unfolded behind the scenes within the Chicago Bulls organization may be coming to a head. Just a day after the team was eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, reports are indicating that head coach Tom Thibodeau is “gone.”
“The story is the same no matter who you check with: Thibodeau and his front-office superiors John Paxson and Gar Forman, despite their public pronouncements to the contrary, are utterly done with each other. As one source close to the situation puts it: “Thibs is gone. They know it and he knows it.”
This isn’t surprising to say the least. There’s been a major split between the head coach and the powers to be within the Bulls organization over the past couple years.
For his part, Thibodeau didn’t want to discuss his future in Chicago after the team was eliminated on Thursday night:
“Until they tell me I’m not, I expect to be here,” Thibodeau said following the team’s Game 6 loss, via CBS Chicago. “That’s the way I’m approaching it.”
Interestingly enough, star point guard Derrick Rose seemed to throw more gas into the fire while attempting to support his coach Thursday night:
Thibodeau is 116 games over .500 in his five seasons as the team’s head coach. He’s led the club to the playoffs each season, and has won 50-plus games three times.
If the veteran coach does hit the market, there won’t be a shortage of interest in his services. He’s already being linked to the New Orleans Pelicans.
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