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Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau’s relationship with the organisation’s management has hit an all-time low, according to reports.
Thibodeau has long had issues with the Bulls front office for various reasons including a delay on contract extension talks, general manager Gar Forman firing assistant coach Ron Adams and the Bulls trading Luol Deng last year.
However, he has also received heat for giving his top players too many minutes and so has previously been advised on how to manage his stars better.
Nevertheless, the working relationship has continued and all concerned have remained professional with the media and insisted that there is nothing to report regarding potentially firing Thibodeau.
According to KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune though, there are suggestions that things have gotten progressively worse and Thibodeau’s position as coach is under threat.
“Several league sources believe Thibodeau’s relationship with management is beyond repair.
“And while there are no plans to replace Thibodeau during the season, a mutual parting of the ways after this season wouldn’t surprise many league personnel familiar with the deteriorating dynamic.”
Despite bringing success to the franchise over the past five years, it has undoubtedly be a stressful and testing tenure for Thibodeau considering the injuries he has had to deal with particularly concerning star point guard Derrick Rose.
Regardless, the Bulls have gone 62-20, 50-16, 45-37, 48-34 and now 30-17 so far this season during his time in charge and Thibodeau would have no shortage of suitors if he were to become available.
The New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors were understood to be keen on appointing him last summer, but both Thibodeau and Forman have done an excellent job of building this Bulls team and it would certainly be a shame to see them split in the more immediate future.