The Bulls tried to see if they could trade Thibodeau, but when the whole world knows he is getting fired, it’s hard to trade him.
Thibodeau has been let go by the Bulls organization.
Team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s statement all but confirmed the long-rumored disconnect between Thibodeau and Bulls management.
“While the head of each department of the organization must be free to make final decisions regarding his department, there must be free and open interdepartmental discussion and consideration of everyone’s ideas and opinions,” Reinsdorf said.
These internal discussions must not be considered an invasion of turf, and must remain private. Teams that consistently perform at the highest levels are able to come together and be unified across the organization-staff, players, coaches, management and ownership. When everyone is on the same page, trust develops and teams can grow and succeed together. Unfortunately, there has been a departure from this culture. To ensure that the Chicago Bulls can continue to grow and succeed, we have decided that a change in the head coaching position is required. Days like today are difficult, but necessary for us to achieve our goals and fulfill our commitments to our fans. I appreciate the contributions that Tom Thibodeau made to the Bulls organization. I have always respected his love of the game and wish him well in the future.
Thibodeau released a statement concerning his firing on Thursday evening:
I want to thank, and will deeply miss, our incredible fans and the entire city of Chicago. I also want to thank my staff and all of the talented players and their wonderful families who have honored me and the Bulls by their effort, love, dedication and professionalism, I appreciate the opportunity that Jerry Reinsdorff gave me. We are proud of our accomplishments, fought through adversity, tried to give our fans the full commitment to excellence they deserve. I love this game and am excited about what’s ahead for me with USA Basketball and the next coaching opportunity in the NBA.
Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg has long been considered the favorite to replace Thibodeau in Chicago, but why would Hoiberg leave his alumni for a pro gig? Well, the paycheck for one, and for two he also played for the Bulls as a pro.
We reported that Van Gundy might be interested in the position but the same sources are reporting that Van Gundy feels it would be too offensive to his friend if he took the Bulls position.