Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 at 1:29 pm  |  9 responses

Bulls ‘L.A. Adventure’ is Pure Hollywood

by Ryne Nelson

This is exactly how we do it in Chi-Town.

Last night, the Chicago Tribune reported that VP John Paxson and GM Gar Forman flew to L.A. with hopes of formally interviewing Tom Thibodeau for the Bulls head coaching position. But not so fast…

In a report by the Chicago Sun-Times (Chi-Town’s ‘other’ newspaper and the Tribune‘s chief rival), Danny Ainge was quick to deny the Tribune‘s report, saying, “I don’t know a thing about [the meeting].” To add to the confusion, meeting with Thibodeau would mark a breech of the NBA’s tampering laws:

With the Celtics scheduled to play Game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center, Paxson and Forman would be guilty of an enormous breach of NBA protocol and ethics if they attempted to interview Thibodeau without Ainge’s explicit consent while the Boston postseason continues.

Said Jeff Twiss, Boston’s veteran vice president of media relations: ”Unless I’m missing something here, everything on the court involving the Boston Celtics — personnel, coaches, support staff — is under Danny’s watch. Everything goes through him. That’s just the way it is in our organization.

”If Danny doesn’t know anything about it, quite simply, we’re denying it,” Twiss said. ”I am very surprised. Times have changed, but there still are normal policies and procedures.”

Asked if there’s any chance Paxson and Forman have received permission to interview Thibodeau, Twiss reiterated: ”Again, Danny is the only one who could answer that question, and he has said quite clearly, ‘No.”’

The Bulls had plenty of time to interview him this week (ESPN reported Thibodeau interviewed with the Nets before the Cs left for L.A.), but somehow, Paxson and Forman found themselves sitting in their L.A. hotel room waiting for a Thibodeau callback.

Reports are now saying New Orleans plans to soon offer its vacant coaching job to Portland assistant Monty Williams. Considering Pax and Gar are holding Thibodeau hostage in his hotel until the tip-off, he probably won’t be accepting.

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  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    GarPax better not F this up for us…even more.

  • The D Train

    Abracadabra…Phil and Lebron will soon turn into Mike Brown and JJ Reddick.

  • mattydchi

    What is the world is going on? KC says they
    By K.C. Johnson

    Bulls officials were scheduled to return from Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon after meeting with and interviewing Celtics associate head coach Tom Thibodeau late Wednesday.

    The interview concluded after the Tribune’s late deadline overnight Wednesday, but sources indicated Thibodeau left the meeting with a positive view of the organization. No offer was made

  • MikeC.

    Don’t the Bulls need someone to teach them how to score? Thibodeau is regarded as being a defensive mastermind. From what I’ve seen, the Bulls already know how to lock it down on D. They just have no creativity on the scoring end, outside of Rose’s ability to freelance and create for himself and others on the fly.

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Zzzzzzzzzzz. Very contradictory things here. Zzzzzzzzzzzz

  • pace

    word, Tarzan. makes no sense

  • ai come back

    i want mouf$%^$^ing phil ta come back but im goin for this guy…….sides the hornets got REJECTED so we should ahve a shot

  • Scottie Pimpin’

    good, hold thibedaux hostage in L.A. while someone go find Dwade and kidnapp him from Miami. BULLS !

  • slamfan4life

    Slam you guys are retarded

    Doc said it was “cleared” for the Bulls to talk to Thibs