There has been a lot of talk about the Chicago Bulls fielding offers about head coach Tom Thibodeau, and where he could be landing as soon as next season. Recently, NBA legend Charles Barkley was on ESPN Chicago 1000 and had a few choice word about the Bulls on the “Waddle & Silvy Show” on Wednesday.
The outspoken Barkley basically criticized the Bulls for not diffusing rumors about Thibodeau coaching elsewhere, and took a shot and the organization’s dysfunction over the last couple of years.
“Every year, the idiots in Chicago, either they don’t want to pay Thibs or his name comes up for other jobs,” Barkley said on ESPN Chicago 1000. “I wish the Bulls were smart enough to say, ‘We’ve got one of the best coaches in the NBA and he’s not going anywhere.’ I don’t understand why they don’t appreciate Thibs there.”
Barkley does have a point that the Bulls need to diffuse any rumors about Thibodeau being moved to another team; the Bulls have shown appreciation very little appreciation for their coach since hiring him in 2010. The Bulls are 205-107 under Thibodeau in four seasons, including a league leading 62-20 record during the 2010-11 season.
Bulls management also fired Thibodeau’s leading assistant and good friend Ron Adams last season. Adams was also a coaching favorite of Bulls point guard Derrick Rose during his time with the team, and both Thibodeau and Rose reportedly didn’t take the loss of Adams very well.
Although Barkley is usually known for his outlandish comments, Bulls GM Gar Forman needs to take in account the criticism that is pointed mostly in his direction. The Bulls have one of the best coaches in the league, and for some reason, his name continues to be brought up every time there is a new coaching vacancy in the league. It is not normal and it is not right for most teams to have their coaches constantly in trade rumors.
The Bulls’ management needs to either diffuse the situation by saying that Thibodeau is there to stay. If not, more rumors and more dysfunction can only continue.