Thibodeau is a good coach. He can be a GREAT coach for a few teams out there. Orlando would be perfect for him. His time here was clearly done, though. NBA coaches just simply have a shelf life. The days of a Jerry Sloan coaching 20 years at the same spot are over. The only exception are the coaches who play a dual-GM role like Popovich, and even those might only last so long (Doc Rivers for example is already getting alot of pressure).I think whichever team hires him next season will be happy the Bulls made this call.
When were "those days"? It's not like a ton of coaches had that much tenure when Sloan was in Utah, either. Even before that, coaches that coached the same team for over 12 years were always an anomaly. Sloan is an outlier.The days of a Jerry Sloan coaching 20 years at the same spot are over.
Some shots fired by Reinsdorf there... probably unnecessary after the guy has been let go. What I took from the release was that it was not just Thibs' resistance to the front office's input (I'm presuming about minute limits) but his willingness to go public/leak information about the disagreement that rubbed the front office the wrong way.Tom Thibodeau dismissed as Bulls head coach
Posted: May 28, 2015
Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman announced today that Tom Thibodeau will not be retained as the team’s head coach.
Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said, “The Chicago Bulls have a history of achieving great success on and off the court. These accomplishments have been possible because of an organizational culture where input from all parts of the organization has been welcomed and valued, there has been a willingness to participate in a free flow of information, and there have been clear and consistent goals. 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. Teams that consistently perform at the highest levels are able to come together and be unified across the organization-staff, players, coaches, management and ownership. When everyone is on the same page, trust develops and teams can grow and succeed together. Unfortunately, there has been a departure from this culture. To ensure that the Chicago Bulls can continue to grow and succeed, we have decided that a change in the head coaching position is required. Days like today are difficult, but necessary for us to achieve our goals and fulfill our commitments to our fans. I appreciate the contributions that Tom Thibodeau made to the Bulls organization. I have always respected his love of the game and wish him well in the future.”
Following 21 years in the NBA as an assistant coach (he was an advance scout in 1991-92), Chicago named Thibodeau the team’s head coach on June 23, 2010. During his five seasons at the helm of the Bulls, Thibodeau’s teams compiled an overall record of 255-139 (.647). The Bulls advanced to the playoffs five times during Thibodeau’s tenure, where he posted a postseason record of 23-28 (.451).
"When Tom was hired in 2010, he was right for our team and system at that time, and over the last five years we have had some success with Tom as our head coach,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “But as we looked ahead and evaluated how we as a team and an organization could continue to grow and improve, we believed a change in approach was needed."
After airing out Bulls management on national TV (I assume at his friend Tom's behest), I would say there is a zero percent chance of Jeff Van Gundy being offered or accepting that job.You're probably right. Although... I think Jeff Van Gundy might be a small upgrade. Or I guess it's possible that I just love him as a commentator so much that I have forgotten some of his struggles as a coach.
http://knicksfansdieyoung.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/alonzo-mourning-jeff-van-gundy.jpegYou're probably right. Although... I think Jeff Van Gundy might be a small upgrade. Or I guess it's possible that I just love him as a commentator so much that I have forgotten some of his struggles as a coach.