May 31, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; TNT commentator Charles Barkley rides a horse to the set prior to action with the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder in game three of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Thibodeau Gets No Extension, Barkley Says It's a Disgrace

The Chicago Bulls have had the best record in the league for the last two regular seasons. According to former NBA power forward, Charles Barkley, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is the man to thank for this. The team have shot up in rankings in the last two years and it is very likely that it is the influence of their coach that has prompted such an impressive rise. In light of this, the fact that Thibodeau’s contract has not yet been extended has many people riled up. While the man himself has maintained a public façade of being fine with it, there have been rumors circulating during the past season that he has actually been unhappy with the situation.

While Thibs hasn’t spoken out about it, Charles Barkley has not been so quiet. He has said that it is a disgrace that Thibs’ contract has not been renewed. The coach has taken the team through some tough times and kept them playing to the best of their ability. He has ensured that the players have worked hard, instead of spending time on other hobbies like playing on or other sports and has seen them impress in many different situations. Barkley spoke out on The Waddle & Silvy Show on ESPN 1000, saying that they “play great defense, and they play with great energy” which has helped them get to where they are today.

Barkley also said that the team’s success is particularly impressive, as the players may not all be as strong as those on some other teams. Despite this, Thibs has ensured that they work hard and has given them great coaching. It is this brilliant guidance and dedication that has made them successful in so many games and Thibs deserves to be recognized for this.

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