Posts in category "Coaching"

Can Tom Thibodeau take the step from great coach to elite coach?

Can Tom Thibodeau take the step from great coach to elite coach?
The Bulls are in a tough spot when it comes to winning a title. They don't quite match up talentwise with the Cavaliers and probably a couple teams out West. They'll need everything to go right in order to win. Much of that everything comes down to whether Tom Thibodeau can rectify some of his minor flaws...

Tom Thibodeau looks like a bargain as Steve Kerr, Stan Van Gundy land jobs

Tom Thibodeau looks like a bargain as Steve Kerr, Stan Van Gundy land jobs
There were thoughts about whether the Bulls would give permission to teams to interview Tom Thibodeau, but after looking at the coaching market out there, those thoughts get scarier and scarier...

The end of the bench mob

On media day, I asked Tom Thibodeau one question, and since every possible angle about Derrick Rose had been covered, I decided to ask about the bench. Without a sparkplug guy like Nate Robinson or C.J. Watson, how did he expect the bench to play this year...
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Tom Thibodeau turns in coach of the year performance but will it translate to the playoffs?

If we were just going to go off the regular season results, Tom Thibodeau again deserves some credit in the coach of the year polls. Just remember that Vinny Del Negro won 41 games with the Bulls twice... with Derrick Rose...

Should Marco Belinelli remain the starter?

Should Marco Belinelli remain the starter?
It's not exactly Colin Kaepernick vs Alex Smith, but when Rip Hamilton comes back from his torn plantar fascia the Bulls will need to decide whether he should remain the starter or whether they'll go with Marco Belinelli...

Benching Kirk Hinrich for Nate Robinson: Right move? Maybe not

Tom Thibodeau mentioned switching up the starting lineup after losing to Houston, but backed off those thoughts and is keeping the lineup intact. While Hinrich has frustrated Bulls fans with poor play, it's the right decision...
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Mike Brown fired, Phil Jackson returning? and other loose thoughts

The big news around the NBA was the firing of coach Mike Brown after just five games. There's plenty of blame to go around, but like any divorce, the blame is pointless. Sure Kobe wanted the Princeton offense which is now being blamed for the poor start (despite very high offensive efficiency implying the offense is working). Sure Brown's a completely pedestrian coach who probably didn't deserve the job in the first place...

Chicago Bulls rotations and camp battles

With just two games preseason games left to play, the Chicago Bulls need to start figuring out their initial regular season rotation. Their problems in preseason have largely involved a lack of scoring and poor bench play on the wings. Will Tom Thibodeau set the rotation based on preseason play or go with a pre-canned... Read more »

Bulls and Thibodeau 10 million apart on extension?

File this away under the category of inside information sure to be wrong, but my sources have told me Thibs and the Bulls were 10 million apart in terms of their contract extension talks when they last finished. Per Nick Friedell, talks between Reinsdorf and Thibodeau have resumed...
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Is Tom Thibodeau really that much of a taskmaster?

There have been concerns around Bulls nation that Tom Thibodeau will wear out on the players. He pushes them too hard, works them too hard, and the players will get sick of working for such a hard nosed coach. The theory has enough legs to it that management [despite look for these traits when hiring a coach] seems at least somewhat concerned about how long he can last in terms of burn out...