The Bulls' interview would suggest credence to multiple media outlets,
including the Tribune, reporting the vacancy represents Thibodeau's
first choice. It's unclear where Thibodeau stands on the Hornets' offer
and whether or not he asked for an extension on his decision.
The Bulls had discussed the opening informally with Thibodeau
previously, but by some accounts, Wednesday marked the first formal
interview in the nearly month-old search to replace Vinny Del Negro.
What scares me most about this situation is the Bulls need to recruit Thibodeau if they want to hire him. He has another job offer now, and the Nets are also likely to make him one.
So why start a recruiting mission by making the guy wait until the 11th hour? Maybe they simply aren't that into him, but if so, they wouldn't have interviewed him at all. If they were excited enough to fly out to L.A. last night then they should have gotten this done earlier in the week which I'm sure Thibodeau would have preferred.
I recently was out of work and needed to find a new job. There were plenty of jobs I applied for that I wasn't really that into on the surface, but going into every interview I treat the interview as if it's the perfect job for me, because you never know if it ends up being the best job you're going to get.
If we like Thibodeau enough to interview him, then he may simply be the best coach we're going to get. If so, on what's basically a recruiting mission, and if so, you recruit as best you can and don't start off on the wrong foot.
Now, before I get too carried away, we don't really know how much the Bulls have talked to Thibodeau. They could have discussed the job in great detail already, and they could have an offer ready in L.A. that they presented last night. Maybe Thibodeau wasn't sitting around waiting.
The Bulls don't report every little thing on the coaching search and like most organizations prefer their privacy in terms of making their moves.
I just hope that's the case, and I really hope we go into 2010 free agency with more urgency than we've attacked the coaching situation.