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Bulls dismiss Tom Thibodeau with harshest press release since LeBron left Cleveland

Bulls dismiss Tom Thibodeau with harshest press release since LeBron left Cleveland

Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said, “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.635609030881402712-USP-NBA-MINNESOTA-TIMBERWOLVES-AT-CHICAGO-BULLS-71211048

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.”

Thibodeau was hired in 2010 and has carried the team to a 255-139 record with five trips to the playoffs, despite major injuries to Derrick Rose. But throughout the season there’s been loud hints that his time in Chicago was coming to a close soon so the dismissal wasn’t a huge surprise. What was was the language in the widely distributed statement. After a coach is fired, blasting him for not accepting upper management’s ideas is pretty rare at best and completely unprofessional at worst.

“When Tom was hired in 2010, he was right for our team and system at that time, and over the last five years we have had some success with Tom as our head coach,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “But as we looked ahead and evaluated how we as a team and an organization could continue to grow and improve, we believed a change in approach was needed.”