The Chicago Bulls reportedly ‘can’t wait to rid itself’ of coach Tom Thibodeau despite their march towards a championship this season.
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The Bulls ended the regular season as the No.3 seed in the Eastern Conference this year, and after seeing off the Milwaukee Bucks with a 4-2 series win in the opening round of the playoffs, they took a one-game lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night in the semi-finals.
However, for all their progress this season, it appears as though there will still be issues for the front office with Thibodeau, although there is no confirmation of their thinking ahead of the summer.
Thibodeau has long been linked with being fired by the Bulls management team, but he continues his role and will continue to keep the players focused on the task in hand.
While the issue doesn’t seem to be related to performance, it is more to do with fit and their relationship has previously been described as being beyond repair while sources close to the coach have conceded that it is likely he will go at the end of the season.
“Amid the twisted culture of Chicago’s regime – where winning is losing, where success is failure – management can’t wait to rid itself of one Tom Thibodeau,” Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported.
“For everything Chicago management does to undermine the coach, this Bulls locker room has remained something rare in professional sports: unaffected and unrelenting.”
It remains to be seen how far Thibodeau can take this team this season, but they will not be looking any further than Game 2 against the Cavs as they look to overcome their woes against LeBron James in the post-season.
Even reaching the NBA Finals may not be enough to save his job as it appears as though the problem is still the relationship between coach and management.
However, should he be fired this summer, Thibodeau will certainly not be short of options elsewhere around the league.