No doubt the Bulls are struggling of late — 4-6 in their last 10 and more shockingly with the 26th worst defense in the NBA in that stretch.
Combine that with Tom Thibodeau’s rocky history with the Chicago front office, and there are rumors being reported that Thibodeau is on the hot seat. The rumor goes he is “too hardcore” and has lost the locker room.
Don’t be so sure about all that.
Don’t take my word for it, take the words of Bulls GM Gar Forman speaking to the Sun Times.
“No,’’ general manager Gar Forman said in a text, when asked if there had been discussions about Thibodeau’s job security. “It’s not a story.’’
When Thibodeau was asked about it, he channeled Yoda.
“Could care less, I could.”
(Thibodeau was using that as the expression that he does not care, as opposed to the literal translation.)
As for those hard practices wearing guys down, that is a year behind the times. The Bulls have not had nearly as many practices as one would suspect due to the schedule, plus when they have practiced they have not had everybody healthy. Tuesday was the first time that had happened in a while.
Pau Gasol’s been around the block, is he worn down by the grinding practices?
“To me, honestly, I don’t think Tom is that hardcore. I don’t think we practice that hard. We do what we need to do, and he tries his best with us just like we try our best. We have to get on the same page, not really pointing fingers but being positive with each other.’’
Thibodeau’s seat is not that hot. If the Bulls don’t right the ship and slink out of the playoffs early, there will be a lot of questions and soul searching in the Bulls organization. Thibodeau would have questions to answer.
But we are a long way from that.