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Source: Thibodeau accepts Bulls' offer

Posted on: June 5, 2010 5:23 pm

LOS ANGELES -- Tom Thibodeau has accepted an offer to become head coach of the Bulls, a person with close ties to the Celtics assistant confirmed to Saturday.

The news, first reported by the Chicago Tribune, comes as Thibodeau is preparing for Game 2 of the NBA Finals with Boston trailing the Lakers 1-0.

Thibodeau, 50, architect of the Celtics defense that contained Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Dwight Howard during Boston's unexpected return to the Finals for the second time in three years, is not permitted to speak with the media due to team policy that muzzles assistant coaches. But the person with knowledge of the agreement called his decision to leave the Celtics for the opportunity to be the head coach in Chicago -- a marquee franchise with a solid roster and cap space to add a max free agent -- "a no-brainer."

No official announcement will come from either team during the Finals.



Since: May 23, 2010
Posted on: June 5, 2010 6:30 pm

Source: Thibodeau accepts Bulls' offer

The first line of your post says it all...why did the Bulls hire Vinny Del Negro two years ago? (Short answer? They got caught with their pants down when Mike Dantoni signed with the Knicks...) As for the Thibodeau, I'm hoping he'll be at least a slight upgrade over Vinny. TT's got a great defensive reputation, and maybe he can hire an offensive assistant to expand this season's playbook -- the simplicity of which was openly laughed at by scouts all across the league.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2010 6:29 pm

Source: Thibodeau accepts Bulls' offer

What are you all talking about?  The NFL does the exact same thing.  Anyone remember the Patriots last super bowl, which was coached with Charlie Weiss already having accepted the Notre Dame job and with Romeo Crennel already having accepted the Cleveland Browns job?  Thibodeau was in talks with the Hornets throughout the conference semifinals and conference finals and it had no adverse effect on how the Celtics played. 

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2010 6:21 pm

Tom Thibodeau

Tom Thibodeau, I can't blame you.


This was the best move AT THE WRONG TIME. The Celtics are trying to beat the Lakers and don't need you (and LeBron James) distracting things and stealing any spotlight.

In fact, I take it back, Tom. The more I think about it, the more Dictator Stern is to blame.

There should have been rules in place to not allow coaches to negotiate during the playoffs. This is just another example of how the NFL gets it right and the other leagues just miss the boat.

I'm happy for you, Tom.

But can you get the Celtics to the Promise Land before you pack your stuff?????

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2010 6:02 pm

Source: Thibodeau accepts Bulls' offer

Thibadeux has long been considered one of the premiere head coach potentials around the league. he has built a reputation for being a defensive genius as he was the man in charge of the Rockets when their defense was so good before going to boston and doing the same there. Unless they thought they were going to be able to get Jackson or Calipari or some other HUGE name then i think Tibs is probably the best new coach they could bring in.

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2010 5:58 pm
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Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2010 5:50 pm

Source: Thibodeau accepts Bulls' offer

Great - just what the Cs needed: another distraction.  Possible for Thibs and the Bulls to finalize this AFTER the playoffs were over?!

Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2010 5:36 pm

Source: Thibodeau accepts Bulls' offer

Why didn't the Bulls hire him 2 years ago while taking Vinny Del Negro instead? 
I would think the Bulls wanted someone with Head coaching experience.  This does not qualify as a upgrade from Vinny! And I doubt this helps with attracting the free agents of 2010.  Oh well, a few more years of mediocrcy for Chicago basketball I guess.

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