The Chicago Bulls have reportedly decided that coach Tom Thibodeau will be fired at the end of the season, regardless of whether or not they win a title.
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It is no secret that Thibodeau and the Bulls management have not seen eye-to-eye, and reports constantly suggest that he is on the verge of losing his job.
Various clashes have occurred in recent years, and although he has continued to bring success to the organisation despite their injury problems, it doesn’t appear that his work on the court will be enough.
While the suggestion was that his job was at risk this summer and that it was inevitable he would be fired, it has now been reported that even a championship win this season won’t be enough to ensure that he stays in Chicago beyond this off-season.
With the Bulls currently leading the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semi-finals after winning Game 1, it is hardly the kind of speculation that Thibodeau wants to be dealing with.
However, he has been exceptional at keeping his players focused in the past, and this time round shouldn’t be any different.
“If it was up to management, there’s no amount of winning here that would bring Tom Thibodeau back. And listen, this is difficult on Thibodeau, too. And people around him have never seen him so down this year, so frustrated with just the process of just interacting with the organization every day,” Adrian Wojnarowski said, as reported by Pro Basketball Talk.
“If the team keeps winning and gets to the Finals, and public sentiment keeps going toward Tom Thibodeau, ownership could have pause in this. But the management team wants a new coach next year.”
Thibodeau has two years remaining on his contract, but that hasn’t prevented rumours from circulating regarding his future as both he and the Bulls have been linked with new personnel.
If winning won’t even save his job, then the Bulls coach will be doing this for himself and the players, who may well have a role to play in the coming months in determining his future, for better or worse.