The NBA All-Star Game is right around the corner, but the Bulls very well could get shut out from top to bottom when the game officially tips off. The NBA All-Star reserves will be selected January 24th, which means Joakim Noah will have to wait until then to hear if his name is added to the roster.
However, head coach Tom Thibodeau can expect to not be asked to coach the team in any capacity this year, as he’s been ruled ineligible to coach the team.
The NBA picks the head coaches for both the East and West team based on who has the best winning percentage through February 3rd. Thibodeau coached the Eastern Conference team last year, meaning he can’t coach the team this year. In a system and a game that is clearly unfair, the rule was put in so that one coach can’t constantly be coaching the All-Star game.
This means that Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks will be blocked from coaching the Western Conference team this season, as he too was chosen as a coach last year.
As it stands now, the current Bulls coach won’t be able to coach in the All-Star Game, but a former one in Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro is in line to coach the Western Conference.
Is that really a world any of us want to live in?