The Chicago Bulls offseason has gone very well to date. They fired Vinny Del Negro and replaced him with one the game’s most successful and bright assistant coaches in Boston Celtics defensive guru Tom Thibodeau.
Thibodeau is said to be signing a three-year deal worth around $6.5 million. Sources say he’s expected to keep longtime Bulls player and assistant Pete Myers and bring in former Bull assistant coach Ron Adams.
Here’s what’s being said about the Chicago Bulls adding Tom Thibodeau as their new head coach.
“The Bulls’ hiring of Tom Thibodeau is in and of itself a great maneuver. Thibodeau, long considered a defensive guru and a major component of the Celtics’ ridiculous defense the last two years. He’s widely respected and was considered an obvious choice (seriously, the Bulls could ink LeBron on the first day of free agency and still find a way to look bad doing it).” [Pro Basketball Talk]
“Something pushed Bulls officials to get on a plane, fly to Los Angeles on the eve of the NBA Finals and meet with the Celtics assistant coach. Within 48 hours, the Bulls had a deal for Thibodeau to become their head coach. For several weeks, the Bulls had chances to interview him. They never did. Just a year ago, Thibodeau couldn’t get offers from the Kings, Pistons, Sixers and Timberwolves. The Celtics see him as a career assistant and wouldn’t even consider him as a candidate to replace Doc Rivers. Only now, Tom Thibodeau has a three-year contract to coach the Chicago Bulls.” [Yahoo! Adrian Wojnarowski]
“In a perfect world, Chicago’s new coach would have waited for Boston to raise its 18th NBA championship banner before announcing he was moving on. But, it’s not Thibodeau’s fault that the system forced him and the Bulls to make a decision.
If Tibs had hemmed or hawed, Chicago may have moved on to the next name on its list. Meanwhile, Thibodeau had already burned bridges in New Jersey and New Orleans and a year ago, interviewed but didn’t get offers from Sacramento, Detroit and Philadelphia. Heck, his own team sees him as a career assistant and would have never considered him as an option to replace Doc Rivers. Waiting was simply not feasible for Thibodeau.” [Miami Herald]