It was reported earlier this summer that there was some serious tension between the Chicago Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Gar Forman. These rumors began to surface after Forman decided to part ways with Thibodeau’s lead assistant coach and right hand man, Ron Adams. This move apparently did not sit well with Thibodeau, but was not the last event in the apparent distancing relationship between the Bulls’ head coach and general manager.
It appeared as though matters got worse between the two parties when the Bulls stopped contract extension talks with Luol Deng and his agent. Deng is one of Thibodeau’s favorite players; he is the perfect mold for Thibs’ system, as he is a defensive specialist and a workhorse who is good for at least 38 minutes a night. It seemed as though the Bulls choosing not to extend Deng’s contract before the start of the preseason only made manners worse between Thibodeau and Forman.
However, Chicago’s vice president of basketball operations, John Paxson, recently shared his thoughts on the apparent dispute between Thibodeau and Forman, explaining that it has been blown out of proportion by the media. In fact, Paxson went as far as to tell the Chicago Sun-Times that he, Forman and Thibodeau are all on the same page. “I think someone other than anyone in our organization has an agenda that really doesn’t suit what we’re all about… The thing is, right now we’re all on the same page, and there are no hidden agendas from Gar, myself and Tom.”
This news should be very reassuring to Bulls fans, as it seemed as though there was a serious at hand within the organization. However, Paxson has put those rumors to rest as it appears that everyone is on the same page at this point. Not only is Thibodeau a fan favorite in Chicago, but he is also a consistent contender to win the Coach of the Year award year in and year out. Assuming Paxson is correct and everyone within the Bulls’ organization is on the same page heading into the year, it should be smooth sailing for the Bulls as they prepare to contend for a championship this season.