Report: Not even a championship would change Bulls management’s desire to dump Tom Thibodeau

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Bulls management reportedly “can’t wait to rid itself” of Tom Thibodeau.

So, he’s coaching for his job during these playoffs?

Maybe not.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Fox Sports 1:

If it was up to management, there’s no amount of winning here that would bring Tom Thibodeau back. And listen, this is difficult on Thibodeau, too. And people around him have never seen him so down this year, so frustrated with just the process of just interacting with the organization every day.

Jerry Reinsdorf, the Bulls owner, though – this has been a culture in Chicago from Jerry Krause and Phil Jackson to Vinny Del Negro and John Paxson in the past.

If the team keeps winning and gets to the Finals, and public sentiment keeps going toward Tom Thibodeau, ownership could have pause in this.

But the management team wants a new coach next year.

The problems between Chicago’s front office – led by executive vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman – and Thibodeau are well-documented. It seems both sides are looking ahead, the Bulls possibly to Fred Hoiberg and Thibodeau possibly to the Magic (who seem interested).

But I don’t think a breakup is inevitable – especially if the Bulls, who lead the Cavaliers 1-0 in their second-round series, keep winning.

If Thibodeau sees Chicago’s veterans, including Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose, play well deep into the playoffs, maybe he becomes more sympathetic to resting players during the regular season. If management sees Thibodeau’s defense shut down LeBron James and other stars along a deep playoff run, maybe it will re-appreciate Thibodeau’s great coaching.

And that’s just supposing this up to management. As Wojnarowski said, Reinsdorf could step in – and he’s more likely to do so if the Bulls win. Ditto Chicago’s players, who could make their opinions heard directly or through ownership.

Plus, Thibodeau has two years remaining on his contract. Even if management wants to ditch him, the Bulls might play hardball for compensation, which could lead to Thibodeau’s return. At minimum, it’s a complicating factor.

Winning would be, too.

Winning cures nearly all ills. At this very moment, Bulls management might not think it’d be enough to salvage this relationship, but I don’t think the involved parties can truly know the emotional effects of winning – whether it’s a champion or the Eastern Conference or even just this series against Cleveland – until they go through it. It’s one thing to imagine the effects. It’s another to, day to day, experience the euphoria of accomplishing the team-wide goal.

Thibodeau seems to be playing from behind if he’s trying to prove why the Bulls should retain him. Winning would only help, though it’s unclear whether that’d be enough.

“Ray Allen from long distance” with chip shot to save par at American Century Classic

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“Ray Allen from long distance, how many times have we said that?”

Ray Allen had a good weekend at the American Century Championships, the former NBA sharpshooter and future Hall of Famer finished third in the celebrity golf event. One of the reasons he was there, this chip shot on 13 Sunday.

Former Cowboy’s quarterback Tony Romo won the event, with former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder was second.

LeBron James sits courtside for Lakers’ Summer League win

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There are two, maybe three guys playing for the Lakers in Summer League likely to be sharing a locker room with LeBron James next season — Isaac Bonga and Josh Hart, with maybe Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and/or Alex Caruso. Only Hart could see the court much.

LeBron was still courtside on Sunday for a quarterfinal game at Summer League, showing his support and being a good teammate. He gave Hart a hug on the court. Brandon Ingram stopped by and talked with LeBron for a bit.

LeBron watched the Lakers continue their strong run through the Summer League, racking up a 101-78 win. LeBron was into it, when Mykhailiuk took a shot midway through the first quarter LeBron yelled, ‘cash only!”  The shot was nothing but net.

The Lakers are on to the Summer League semifinals. Los Angeles won the Vegas Summer League last year.

 

After losing to his father in golf, Stephen Curry leaps into Lake Tahoe

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Golf fanatic Stephen Curry was clearly enjoying himself on the links at the American Century Championship celebrity golf event in Lake Tahoe this past weekend.

But he couldn’t beat his father, Dell.

The price? Curry (and his caddy) had to jump in the lake. Check out the video above.

For the record, Tony Romo won the event.

 

Spurs’ pick Chimezie Metu to miss time with fractured wrist

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Chimezie Metu showed some promise in the Summer League games he played for San Antonio, scoring 12.5 points a game on 55 percent shooting in Las Vegas, and 10.7 per game on 54 percent shooting in Salt Lake City. The second round pick of the Spurs (No. 49 overall) is raw and needs a lot of development, but he can get buckets. The potential is there.

That development is going to be on hold a while, as what was thought to be a sprained wrist has turned out to be a fracture.

From Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News.

After an examination Saturday, the Spurs medical staff downgraded second-round pick Chimezie Metu’s left wrist injury from a sprain to a fracture, a league source said Saturday.

Metu was injured late in the Spurs’ 95-90 win over Washington on July 8 at the Las Vegas Summer League, when he landed awkwardly after leaping to catch a lob pass at the rim. The 6-foot-10 big man finished the game but was sidelined for the remainder of the schedule.

After undergoing X-rays at the Thomas & Mack Center, Metu was diagnosed with a sprain. But Spurs’ team doctors suspected a possible fracture, which was confirmed after Metu returned to San Antonio on Saturday.

Metu should be good to go by training camp. Metu is hoping his summer and training camp play will earn him a roster spot, although the Spurs tend not to sign second-round picks the year they were drafted (they tend to let them spend a year or two in the G-League or in Europe). A lot of his chances on making the roster depend on any other moves the Spurs make this summer and what their roster looks like come the fall.