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NBA / Jan 29, 2015 / 1:08 pm

Report: Relations Between Thibodeau & Management “Beyond Repair”

Tom Thibodeau

Last week, there were conflicting reports Tom Thibodeau had lost his locker room and was in danger of getting canned before the remaining two years on his contract were fulfilled. His taskmaster approach has rubbed Bulls executives the wrong way, specifically playing his starters upwards of 40 minutes a night during the regular season while still holding regular practices. Now sources tell K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune Thibodeau’s relationship with GM Gar Forman and Executive VP John Paxson is “beyond repair” and Thibs could get terminated at the end of the season. Read More »

Smack / Jan 23, 2015 / 3:00 pm

D-Rose & Popovich Dismiss Rumors Tom Thibodeau Has Lost The Locker Room

Tom Thibodeau, Derrick Rose

This seemed ridiculous, which is why we didn’t report it earlier this week. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Bulls point guard Derrick Rose think so, too. Earlier this week reports flitted to the surface that Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau had lost his locker room and his overbearing, almost militaristic zeal for working his players had disenchanted some members of the Bulls, who had started to tune him out. That was the explanation for Chicago dropping six of their last eight games. Last night, after Rose and the Bulls beat up the Spurs, Rose came to his coach’s defense and so did Popovich. Read More »

NBA / Jan 15, 2015 / 1:15 pm

Struggling Bulls Admit Defense, Energy Is Plaguing Them After Loss To Wizards

John Wall, Derrick Rose

Tom Thibodeau’s Chicago Bulls have always been known for their habitual effort and dominant defense. And on the national scale they still are, despite mounting evidence that the 2014-2015 Bulls have fallen victim to symptoms of past established contenders: a decided lack of overall energy that’s most manifesting itself on the defensive side of the ball. At least Chicago isn’t sugarcoating it anymore. After a dispiriting 105-99 home loss to the rival Washington Wizards last night, Derrick Rose and company admitted the issues plaguing them. Read More »

Latest News / Nov 26, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Tom Thibodeau Says Jimmy Butler Has Been “Incredible” And Is “A Star”

Jimmy Butler

No one can accuse Bulls coach Tom Thiboeau of fawning praise over one of his player’s performances — he expects excellence. The hardscrabble helmsman with the voice like gravel isn’t one to coddle anyone, but after Jimmy Butler tied his career high with 32 points in a losing effort to the Nuggets last night, Thibs couldn’t but praise his maturing 3&D wing. Read More »

Latest News / Nov 26, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Derrick Rose Leaves Nuggets Game Early; Didn’t Re-Injure Himself

Derrick Rose

Just 24 hours after stressing the need to stay on the floor, Derrick Rose left it for good late in the second quarter of the Chicago Bulls’ loss to the Denver Nuggets. Read More »

NBA / Nov 25, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau Says Derrick Rose Is “Not Real Comfortable”

Derrick Rose

Good news for the Chicago Bulls: A marginalized Derrick Rose is still pretty damn good. After scoring 18 points and dishing five assists during his first game back from last week’s hamstring strain in a tough win against the Utah Jazz, Tom Thibodeau said that Rose is still “not real comfortable.” Read More »

Smack / Oct 27, 2014 / 11:45 am

Pau Gasol On Coach Not Letting Him Finish A Game: “He Doesn’t Trust You”

Tom Thibodeau, Pau Gasol

In Minnesota’s 113-112 win over the Bulls during Friday’s final preseason games, recent free agent signee, Pau Gasol, only played a little over three minutes of action in the fourth quarter and wasn’t on the court down the stretch. He tells Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, how important finishing games means to him, even though coach Tom Thibodeau has been noncommittal when it comes to who among Pau, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah will be on the court at the end of the game. Read More »

NBA / Oct 24, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Joakim Noah Has “Ways To Go” In Rehab From Offseason Knee Surgery

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah had minor, arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in early May that was supposed to keep him sidelined for 8-12 weeks. Nearly six months later and with the 2014-2015 season just days away, the Chicago Bulls center says he still has a “ways to go” to reach full recovery. Read More »

NBA / Oct 9, 2014 / 10:30 am

Tom Thibodeau Approves Of Doug McDermott’s “Swag”

Doug McDermott

The persona of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau revolves around a voice that could crack glass, his strong-side defensive principles, which helped the 2008 Celtics win a title, and his curmudgeonly insistence his players give their all every night during the regular season (sometimes over-extending them in the process). He is not one to offer up praise willy-nilly, which is why his recent comments to Nick Fridiell of ESPN Chicago about the “swag” in rookie Doug McDermott cannot be overlooked. Read More »

Smack / Sep 30, 2014 / 11:30 am

Derrick Rose Confidently Proclaims, “I Know I’m Going To Win A Championship Soon”

Derrick Rose

Despite two surgically repaired knees, two years of rust and just a few weeks of international play — with Team USA cruising in the FIBA World Cup — Derrick Rose still wasn’t shrinking from what he’s also said his primary goal has been: a title. He’s also pretty sure that elusive title will come “soon,” as he informed reporters during media day. Read More »