CLEVELAND — The never-ending drama between the Bulls front office and coach Tom Thibodeau seemed to resurface when a Yahoo! Sports column stated that management “can’t wait to rid itself of Thibodeau” after the Bulls' Game 1 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Thibodeau deftly avoided talking about the tone of the piece, which refers to the apparent rift between himself and the front office, by saying “it’s all noise” when asked after the Bulls’ film session Tuesday in a Cleveland hotel ballroom.
Bulls general manager Gar Forman spoke to CSNChicago.com by phone Tuesday afternoon and issued a statement of his own.
“We’re in total agreement with Tom that it’s all just noise,” Forman said.
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The future of Thibodeau has been a source of speculation seemingly from the start of the season. In his fifth year, there’s been rumors of he and management not getting along despite having a productive working relationship.
Thibodeau has two years left on his contract, but many around the league expect the Bulls to go looking for a new coach this offseason. And there have been reports about Thibodeau looking ahead to his next coaching job.
Whether it affects the product on the floor remains to be seen, but unfortunately, all sides have become used to this swirling around all season.