Nov 2, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Bulls 107-104. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chicago Bulls Front Office Telling Coach Thibodeau How To Manage Players’ Minutes?


Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is hands-down one of the best coaches in the NBA.  No one would ever question that, and if they do, they’re wrong.

However, if there’s one thing that could be questioned about Thibodeau’s coaching style is that he pushes his players too far, at times. Basically, he’s been known to give his “guys” heavier minutes than usual, even when they’re not entirely healthy – which may or may not lead to nagging injuries evolving into more serious ones.

Even though there’s really no proof of that, the Bulls front office says that enough is enough, on that front. They’ve decided to step in.

[via New York Daily News]

Tom Thibodeau is one of the NBA’s top coaches, but when it comes to managing minutes of his top players, he is going to get some help. Even if he doesn’t want it. The Bulls’ front office has been taking an active role in telling Thibodeau how he’ll dispense minutes to Joakim Noah, among others. And these are two parties that have had their differences in the past.

The differences the piece refers to cost Thibodeau one of his top assistant coaches in Ron Adams, who was let go by GM Gar Forman this past summer.

I think this is one of those situations that sound worse than it actually is, but this is definitely something to watch.

As long as the Bulls’ front office doesn’t turn into Jerry Jones, all is good.

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