Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls are finally out of there misery.
Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman announced today that Tom Thibodeau will not be retained as the team’s head coach.
Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said, “The Chicago Bulls have a history of achieving great success on and off the court. These accomplishments have been possible because of an organizational culture where input from all parts of the organization has been welcomed and valued, there has been a willingness to participate in a free flow of information, and there have been clear and consistent goals. While the head of each department of the organization must be free to make final decisions regarding his department, there must be free and open interdepartmental discussion and consideration of everyone’s ideas and opinions. These internal discussions must not be considered an invasion of turf, and must remain private. Teams that consistently perform at the highest levels are able to come together and be unified across the organization-staff, players, coaches, management and ownership. When everyone is on the same page, trust develops and teams can grow and succeed together. Unfortunately, there has been a departure from this culture. To ensure that the Chicago Bulls can continue to grow and succeed, we have decided that a change in the head coaching position is required. Days like today are difficult, but necessary for us to achieve our goals and fulfill our commitments to our fans. I appreciate the contributions that Tom Thibodeau made to the Bulls organization. I have always respected his love of the game and wish him well in the future.”
“When Tom was hired in 2010, he was right for our team and system at that time, and over the last five years we have had some success with Tom as our head coach,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “But as we looked ahead and evaluated how we as a team and an organization could continue to grow and improve, we believed a change in approach was needed.”
Thibodeau had a successful five-year run, winning 51 games per season and winning four playoff series around Derrick Rose injuries.
But he and management clearly weren’t on the same page. Conflicts over playing time, practice intensity, offensive strategy and coaching staffs overwhelmed what should have been a more successful relationship.
The Bulls have a strong roster, and they should have no trouble luring a quality coach – maybe Fred Hoiberg or Alvin Gentry.
Thibodeau should land on his feet – maybe with the Pelicans.
Time will tell which side deserves more blame for this breakup, but there’s plenty of it to go around for both Thibodeau and management.