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Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 10:32 am  |  10 responses

Chicago Bulls, Tom Thibodeau Discussing Contract Extension


by Eldon Khorshidi | @eldonadam

Although Tom Thibodeau is among the best coaches in the NBA, the Chicago Bulls front-office has been enigmatical in their approach to extend Thibs’ contract. While management did pick up Thibodeau’s option for this upcoming year, the 2011 NBA Coach of the Year is without a contract past the 12-13 season.

This week, Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf will try to quell the looming what if scenarios by locking-up Thibs for the foreseeable future. The two have reportedly resumed negotiating a long-term contract for the third-year head coach, which they hope to sign before the start of the regular season.

More details, via ESPN.com:

Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and coach Tom Thibodeau have resumed negotiations about a contract extension for Thibodeau, according to a source familiar with the situation. The Bulls picked up Thibodeau’s option for the 2012-13 season after last season. General manager Gar Forman repeatedly has stated that it is the organization’s intention to lock up Thibodeau for the long term, even though talks stalled earlier in the summer. Thibodeau, who won 100 games faster than any coach in NBA history, was hired two summers ago after serving as an assistant for the Boston Celtics under Doc Rivers. The Bulls have led the league in regular-season wins both years under Thibodeau, who won coach of the year honors in his first season and finished second last season. Reports surfaced last season that Thibodeau was unhappy he did not have an extension secured. Forman then appeared on “The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show” on ESPN 1000 and stated that talks had begun before last season and would resume after the season. Thibodeau and Forman did not immediately return phone messages. Bulls players, notably Derrick Rose, have been vocal in support of their coach. While Thibodeau has a hard-charging mentality, Bulls players respect the way he prepares and appreciate his work ethic.

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  • Enigmatic

    Enigmatical. Word.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Hope he’s the coach for the Bulls for quite sometime…I’m glad his “on your ass approach” gains respect from players unlike Scott Skiles who got run out of town for it…

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    About damn time. Lebron voice This man can coach. Just think what he could do with at least a star player next to a healthy D rose. Sheesh!!!

  • M Cho

    Thibs is the best coach Chicago has had since Phil Jackson. Bulls would be foolish not to lock him up long term.

  • Junior Taylor

    One of my favorite coaches in the L, right next to Doc.

  • Redd

    Better lock’em

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    The reason Skiles was run out as opposed to Thibs is Thibs has credibility with dealing with big egos and have guys like PP, KG, and Ray buy into a defensive system. That being said I could see how this Bulls team has done so and will continue if he is the coach long term.

  • jayrose

    Finally! Best coach we had in years. Proven to be one of the best coaches already.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Skiles has only been effective for one or two year stretches over his coaching career. I don’t think NBA players enjoy being treated like HS kids. There is a difference between being a hard coach and treating the players like children.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    That too.

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