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3. Thibodeau’s Silent Leadership

Every team has a leader but not many have multiple leaders. The Bulls are that fortunate. Derrick Rose is the famous pick as he is globally known, but the Bulls have leaders at every level.

Chief among these leaders is head coach Tom Thibodeau. He has been the Bulls shadow leader, a silent guardian presiding over D-Rose’s budding superstar leading ability. It has been Thibodeau who has placed players in the game who have produced well for Chicago. It has been Thibodeau who has utilized bench players such as Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, Taj Gibson and Omer Asik so effectively that Joakim Noah’s absence has been neutralized.

Thibodeau damage control has been outstanding.

But most importantly it has been Thibodeau’s defensive schemes that have put the Bulls far past anything they were under Vinny Del Negro. The team is reacting differently as well. There is no rumblings if backstage brawls or heated confrontations. The closest anything got to that was Carlos Boozer’s benching during the Nets game which turned out to be nothing more than normal game frustration.

Nothing came if it. Everyone has forgotten about it.

Derrick Rose may be the face of the franchise and of Chicago, but Thibodeau is the makeup artist.