Anthony Tolliver sent shockwaves through Bulls nation (okay, more like ripples in a baby pool) when he noted that no one on the Bulls likes coach Tom Thibodeau.
“I know several players on the Bulls and nobody really liked Tom Thibodeau, but that’s O.K. You don’t have to like the coach. You just have to be able to play for him.”
Well, apparently, Derrick Rose is a nobody.
"No better coach. No better coach," he repeated. "I'm riding and dying with 'Thibs.'
"'Thibs,' he goes hard. He's in the office right now, as we're doing this interview right now. He's probably going to stay there until like 10:30, 11 o'clock tonight. That's just him. He's used to it. He's chasing the dream and there's nothing wrong with that.
"He always delivers, man. 'Thibs,' man. He did so much for my game. Just making me a better player. Defensively, just learning the game. Offensively, play sets. Everything about the game, he teaches you. He has history, talks about all the other teams he's been on, of course, and we listen to it and just try to go out there and play the way he wants us to play."
I'm sure players gripe about Thibodeau's practices and habits from time to time, but I also know they genuinely respect him as well. They were in the final four teams going for the chip this season, and that wasn't happening in the Vinny Del Negro era.
In the end, the only person who needs to like Thibodeau is Derrick Rose, because everyone else will follow his lead. He's the leader, the alpha dog, the franchise. Derrick Rose has started to exude leadership and as long as he's on Thibodeau's side the rest of the team will be as well.
Rose also heaped praise on all of his teammates, particularly Deng, Noah, and Boozer, and said he was 'damn confident' in the Bulls going into next season.
Hopefully, we have one.
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