Tom Thibodeau not expecting a trade
As the rumors surrounding Carmelo Anthony persist, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau says he and his team aren't expecting a trade to come down in the near future -- or at all.
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"That's all part of the NBA," Thibodeau said on ESPN 1000's "Afternoon Saloon." "You hear about a million trade talks and very few of them ever happen. I'm really happy with the guys that we have. I think we have a very talented team and we have good chemistry and I think we're gonna get better as the season goes along."
In spite of a new system and an overhauled roster, the first-year coach has high expectations for the Bulls. He wasn't taking many positives away from the Bulls' season-opening loss in Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
"The games will keep coming," Thibodeau said. "It's an unforgiving league. So you have to be ready to play, and everyone goes through different stretches where they're missing guys. The big challenge for us is how quickly we can all get on to the same page. So the games are coming fast and each day we're striving for improvement and I think ... the guys are getting more familiar with each other and the system."
The Bulls will have to begin the Thibodeau era without Carlos Boozer, the team's biggest offseason acquisition. Boozer broke his right pinkie on Oct. 2 after falling over a bag in his house. He is scheduled to have a cast removed from the finger and begin rehabbing the injury next week.
"He was in great shape prior to injury, and he's also doing a lot of conditioning right now," Thibodeau said. "Of course, it's not the same as playing. So his timing is going to be off. I think he'll be able to fit in quite well. I think the fact that we have some guys that he's played with in the past, and he did get a week of camp in, so he has a pretty good idea of what we're trying to do."
Thibodeau will coach his second game with the Bulls against the Pistons on Saturday.