Bulls fire Thibodeau

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — The Chicago Bulls announced Thursday afternoon that they have fired coach Tom Thibodeau.

The rift between Thibodeau and Bulls management — specifically vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman — has never been a secret. In the news release, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf made it sound like Thibodeau refused to listen to other people in the organization and leaked information about the team’s internal issues.

While the head of each department of the organization must be free to make final decisions regarding his department, there must be free and open interdepartmental discussion and consideration of everyone’s ideas and opinions. These internal discussions must not be considered an invasion of turf, and must remain private.

Thibodeau came to Chicago from Boston, where, as an assistant, he was the architect of one of the best defenses in NBA history. The Bulls had a top-five defense in each of his first four seasons, but fell off on that end of the floor last season.


Chicago dealt with major injury issues in each of the last four seasons, starting with Derrick Rose‘s ACL tear in the 2012 playoffs. Thibodeau loaded his best players with heavy minutes at times, and the input that he refused to welcome likely had to do with injury prevention.

Still, he can probably have another job as soon as he wants one. Denver, New Orleans and Orlando are all looking for new coaches and all ranked in the bottom 10 in defensive efficiency last season.


  1. Connor says:

    The Boston Celtics will never fire Brad Stevens. He is the best coach in the NBA. A great hire by GM Danny Ainge.

  2. J4CK Nicholson says:

    New Orleans, Orlando or Denver. OKC would’ve been a good destination though.

  3. jdub455 says:

    intense coach… the move should have been to shipped away drose and allow butler to grow to his full potential… but of course drose draws a lot of $$$ in the marketing side of the nba… so i guess they would just look for a coach who could allow drose and butler to gel better… which i doubt though… lolz

  4. Tam says:

    Says it all

  5. jake s. says:

    When Boston fires Brad Stevens Thibs will return.

  6. harriethehawk says:

    Thibs is a very good coach and Chicago management seem similar to mine: petty and undeserving of a great employee; he deserves better and I’m glad he’s moved on, even if it wasn’t is choice. I would have liked to see him coach OKC, but Orlando looks good to me.

  7. Indiana'sownLarryBird says:

    Pelicans would be a nice fit, Davis anchoring the D..