Chicago Bulls Fire Head Coach Tom Thibodeau
After months of speculation, the end has finally come for the Chicago Bulls and head coach Tom Thibodeau. Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman announced today that Thibodeau will not be returning as the team’s head coach.
Thibodeau coached the Bulls for five season and had the team in the playoffs every year but they got eliminated from the second round of the playoffs this year by Cleveland. Rumors were spreading before the playoffs started that Thibodeau and Bulls management weren’t getting along and apparently those rumors were true.
Here’s the statement from Bulls owner and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf:
“The Chicago Bulls have a history of achieving great success on and off the court. These accomplishments have been possible because of an organizational culture where input from all parts of the organization has been welcomed and valued, there has been a willingness to participate in a free flow of information, and there have been clear and consistent goals. While the head of each department of the organization must be free to make final decisions regarding his department, there must be free and open interdepartmental discussion and consideration of everyone’s ideas and opinions. These internal discussions must not be considered an invasion of turf, and must remain private. Teams that consistently perform at the highest levels are able to come together and be unified across the organization-staff, players, coaches, management and ownership. When everyone is on the same page, trust develops and teams can grow and succeed together. Unfortunately, there has been a departure from this culture. To ensure that the Chicago Bulls can continue to grow and succeed, we have decided that a change in the head coaching position is required. Days like today are difficult, but necessary for us to achieve our goals and fulfill our commitments to our fans. I appreciate the contributions that Tom Thibodeau made to the Bulls organization. I have always respected his love of the game and wish him well in the future.”