Rumors have been swirling around recently that coach Tom Thibodeau may leave the Chicago Bulls at the end of this season. The reasons for this allegation range from his tenuous relationship with Bulls’ Vice President John Paxson and GM Gar Forman, along with the Bulls’ fall from serious championship contention in the past two years.
The main rumor circulating right now is that the New York Knicks are eyeing him for a head coaching position.
“There are rumblings around the Chicago Bulls’ offices these days that Tom Thibodeau already has a deal in place to coach the Knicks next season,” the New York Daily News’ Mitch Lawrence wrote recently.
When pressed for comment, Thibodeau denied these allegations.
Thibodeau was hired as head coach of the Bulls on June 23, 2010. Since then, he has been one of the main reasons responsible for the teams’ surge in talent and championship potential.
Thibodeau has a 181-98 coaching record with the Bulls, placing him in the upper echelon of coaches in the league. In his first two years, Thibodeau helped lead Chicago to the first seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Even with recent woes to the Bulls due to injuries or trades, he has masterfully led the team through thick and thin, ending each season so far above .500.
The worst case scenario Chicago can have right now is the loss of Thibodeau. Currently, all signs seem to point that he will be staying with the Bulls for the long run. The best thing Bulls fans can hope for is for Thibodeau to stay with the team that gave him his first shot at a full-time coaching position.