Charles Barkley is Right for Calling Chicago Bulls ‘Idiots’

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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.

 Wally Jacobs is a Chicago Bulls writer for Follow him on Twitter @WJac1.

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  • Carl Junior

    Saw the headline to this article and immediately thought, “hmmmm I wonder if this is the writings of the one and only Wally Jacobs”, and what do you know? Good ‘ol Wally. Wally, you wanna call the Chicago Bulls idiots? I only have to go back to your latest articles to understand just how much you of an idiot you are. The decisions you want the Bulls organization to take would be some of the worst decisions, if not simply the worst decisions they could ever make. Do us real Bulls fans a favor and stop writing, or at least, write for a different team.

    • Farva55

      You clearly don’t know how to read idiot. It was Barkley who called them idiots. You sir are a dumbass.

  • Wally Jacobs

    Hello Carl, thanks for commenting, and I’m sorry you feel that way. I didn’t mean the Bulls are idiots, or the team itself is full of idiots. If you read the article, I was simply stating that I agree with Barkley’s comments regarding Thibodeau. I’ve been a lifelong follower of the Bulls, and wants what is best for the team as anybody else. That will never change. Thanks.

    • Farva55

      Don’t worry Wally. 99% of Bulls fans agree with Barkley. @carl_junior:disqus is just a complete idiot who lacks reading skills.

  • Jimbo

    Gar Forman is a douche bag. Thibodeau is the man.

  • Wally Jacobs

    Thanks for all of the responses and support, guys. I appreciate all comments, whether positive or constructive, and I hope you enjoy and continue reading.