Author: Brett Pollakoff

Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game One

Report: Tom Thibodeau is ‘gone’ from Bulls; ‘They know it and he knows it’


The reports have been coming in for some time now that Tom Thibodeau would be done as head coach of the Bulls, no matter how well the team did or did not fare during its run through the postseason.

Now that Chicago has been eliminated from the playoffs, the latest report about Thibodeau’s future with the Bulls seems much more final.

From Marc Stein of

Many unknowns remain in the Thibodeau saga, naturally starting with the two years and nearly $9 million left on the coach’s contract and the likelihood that both sides will be hoping the other blinks first in the unavoidable standoff forthcoming in terms of how these parties negotiate a divorce.

Yet there’s little mystery surrounding what both sides want. 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.”

So what happens next?

Thibodeau still has two more years on his contract with the Bulls, and the team is going to want some sort of compensation for letting Thibodeau walk. Chicago is expected to explore that route before agreeing to a buyout or simply firing him outright.

But the Bulls also reportedly want to have a replacement committed — and one which ownership perceives as an upgrade — before parting ways with their current head coach.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:

For what’s its worth story from Bulls side is Thibs not going anywhere unless they get the upgrade guy they want committed first.

Nothing is happening with all of this just yet. The Bulls need to see whether guys like Fred Hoiberg or Alvin Gentry can be persuaded to come, and if they can’t, then the team will need to locate another satisfactory candidate before pulling the trigger on Thibodeau’s termination.

As for Thibodeau himself, there will be no shortage of options for him to patrol the sidelines elsewhere next season, with the Pelicans job likely to be the most desirable of the bunch.

Paul Pierce after crushing Game 6 loss: ‘I don’t even know if I’m going to play basketball anymore’

Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards-Game Six

Paul Pierce was absolutely huge for the Wizards in these playoffs, producing in the biggest moments to help Washington eliminate the Raptors, and extend the top-seeded Hawks to six games.

But after a crushing Game 6 loss — one where Pierce’s potentially game-tying shot was waved off because his fingertips were still on the ball just as time expired — Pierce said the emotional toll of it all may cause him to contemplate retirement this summer.

From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:

“Truthfully, what was going through my mind is, I don’t have too much of these efforts left, if any,” Pierce said. “These rides throughout the NBA season, throughout the playoffs, are very emotional. They take a lot out of not only your body, but your mind, your spirit.” …

“I don’t even know if I’m going to play basketball anymore,” Pierce said. …

“It affects not only you, but the people around you,” Pierce said. “Days like this, you go home and you’re around your family, you don’t feel like talking to them or doing anything because of what the game does. It takes a bit out of you. You go home, and it’s not a good day. It affects the people around you. It’s tough. People think you just play basketball, go home and your body is sore. No. Mentally, the people around you, it affects. I know I’ll go home and won’t have any words for my wife or my mom. Probably the only thing that can through to me right now is my kids. They bring me joy.”

Pierce has found a role with this Wizards team, playing the part of veteran leader on a team with very little previous postseason experience. He’s proven he can still play, and can still hit the most pressure-packed shots when his team needs him the most.

But is this Wizards team really capable of winning a title as currently constructed, or just making it to the championship round, even in the dreadful Eastern Conference?

It’s doubtful, at best. So, Pierce needs to decide if the toll the game has taken on him for the past 17 years continues to be worth it, and whether or not he’s willing to endure another long 82-game season just to get back to being able to perform on the postseason stage once again.

Stephen Curry drains 62-foot shot to end third quarter of Warriors’ Game 6 win over Grizzlies (VIDEO)

Golden State Warriors v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

At the end of the third quarter in Game 6 between the Warriors and the Grizzlies, Golden State got a defensive stop, and with just a few ticks remaining on the clock, Stephen Curry ended up with the ball in his hands.

He launched a 3/4-court bomb — from 62 feet away, to be exact — and just like so many of Curry’s shots from long range, it seemed effortless in the way it splashed home.

It was the longest shot Curry has ever made in an NBA game, but it was far from one that was lucky.

Curry was asked if he practices that shot during his postgame press conference following his team’s 108-95 win that clinched the series, and sent Golden State to the Western Conference Finals.

“Every. Day. And that’s not a lie,” Curry said.