According to people close to Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, they remain “convinced” that he will be sacked by the organisation at the end of the season.
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It is no secret that the Bulls coach has endured a strained relationship with the front office for some time now, and the narrative continues to suggest that they will part company at the end of the year.
While a championship could certainly change things, it is widely acknowledged that it could be a matter of time before a change is made even though the Bulls have enjoyed great success in the Thibodeau era despite a number of devastating injuries including point guard Derrick Rose undergoing three knee surgeries.
From the Bulls letting Thibodeau’s top assistant Ron Adams leave to the minutes restriction on Joakim Noah and Rose this season, the two parties have butted heads on a number of occasions and it doesn’t look as though it will end positively.
“People close to Thibodeau are convinced the Bulls will fire him after this season, though the front office has always played down the tiff in terse public statements,” Grantland’s Zach Lowe writes.
It is difficult to ignore the growing consensus that the writing is on the wall, as ultimately the Bulls and Thibodeau have disagreed on fundamental elements and it has made their relationship unsustainable.
While Chicago may well only regret the decision once their coach has moved on, Thibodeau won’t be short of options this summer with the likes of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Orlando Magic looking for a new coach.
There is still always the chance that he remains in Chicago, and much could depend on far they are able to advance in the playoffs this year. However, such sustained speculation will always suggest that there is an element of truth in it and so a new coach may well be presiding over the Bulls bench next year.