Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Thibodeau Hiring Getting Positive Reviews; Not A Play For Lebron

   I have yet to see any negative responses in regards to the Bulls recent hiring of Boston Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau. He's been labeled as an experienced veteran with uncomparable basketball knowledge, as well as the mastermind behind the Celtics defense.  Bog-A-Bull calls Thibodeau "a bright, work-a-holic teacher and taskmaster."
   ESPN Chicago said Thibodeau was the most underappreciated coach in the league. That's a bold statement for someone who never has held a head coaching job. But, he's got plenty of time to prepare, and if he does things right and lifts the Bulls into contention, the doubts will cease. I don't think it's fair to say that even if the Bulls got Lebron and whoever else they wanted that they immediately become title contenders. But if Thibodeau can just bring some consistency, all should be well in the Windy City. The Bulls put together one of the streakiest seasons I'd ever seen this past season, and still made the playoffs and competed with the heavily favored Cavs. They would win 5 then lose 7 like it was nothing. Hinrich was injured, then Deng and then Noah. They barely squeaked into the playoffs and could have finished way better.
    If there is a downside to "Thibodeau Time," (to other Bulls fans that is) it's that reportedly, the move doesn't hold weight on Queen Jame's free agency decision. 
     According to espn chicago bulls blogger Nick Friedel, "The Bulls were told by a few people close to James that the hiring of Thibodeau would not influence his decision on coming to Chicago one way or the other, and that after reports surfaced that John Calipari might be a candidate for Bulls coach, James let it be known he did not want to be part of those decisions for any prospective team unless it involved someone he really did not like."
    I guess since I can't really complain about the news, I'll leave it on that note. But gee, if Lebron actually ends up not coming to Chicago, I might run out of things to write about.

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  1. I'm not sure how Thibodeau will transition from assistant to head coach, but as one of the most respected teachers/evaluators in the game, it can't hurt.

    I agree that I don't think it's a play for LeBron, but it's a clear sign the Bulls are retooling for something big.

  2. I think its it will be interesting to see how this all will all play out. I definatley think it it will be an up for the Bulls. As far as the Celtics are concerned , I'm interested to see how their defense will be affected .

  3. It's definitely a play for Lebron no matter what reports surface. The Bulls first said they had no interest in Thibodeau, and a day after he signed with William "world-wide" Wesley, the Bulls didnt just contact him, they signed him. For those unaware, Wesley is a member of Lebron's "posse" and has his fingers in everything and everyone around the league.

  4. I like the fact that you added cons to this seeing as fans are liking him as a coaching candidate.

  5. Sounds like he has his work cut out for him. But then again you always will if your going to be the head coach of a professional basketball team.