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Scottie Pippen @ScottiePippen

I've got confidence in Pax and Gar. They will bring in a new coach who will fit the culture and help the Bulls grow and improve.

Paxson: Thibs drama didn't reach players

Bulls VP of basketball operations John Paxson doesn't think the front office's issues with Tom Thibodeau affected Chicago's playoff run: "When I was a player, I hated being put in the middle of something like that. ... We try never to do that, so I really don't think that it affected them." Coverage on ESPNews

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Pax: "The minutes restriction was an organizational decision." Says minutes limit was to give "players best chance to succeed."

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Gar Forman: "Out of respect for everyone involved..." Sorry Gar, that card was burned with the release and opening of the press conference.

Watch: Bulls' front office on SC

Gar Forman said the Bulls will begin their search for a new coach tonight. Chicago will be looking for an "open and creative learner." Coverage on ESPNews

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Gar says "nothing could be further from truth" in regards to Bulls using Thibs as an asset. Says no team called to talk to Thibs.

Warriors, Cavs split regular season

The Warriors won on Jan. 9 but, LeBron James didn't play. On Feb. 26 in Cleveland, James erupted for 42 points as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to score just 31 points on 10-of-30 shooting.

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Friedell: Where it went wrong for Thibs

Tom Thibodeau trails only Phil Jackson as the best coach in Bulls history. The defense-first, selfless and tough-as-nails Bulls have an identity that matters for the first time since MJ left. So how did it fall apart? Pushed too hard

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POTUS talks hoops

President Obama chatted with fans about the NBA on Twitter today -- and as a Bulls fan, he's not particularly thrilled about Tom Thibodeau's firing. Check it out

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A lot has changed since 1975

What the world looked like the last time the Warriors were in the Finals:

  • U.S. president: Gerald R. Ford
  • NBA and ABA hadn't yet merged
  • 3-point shot didn't exist in NBA
  • No players on Cavs or GSW had been born
  • Steve Kerr was 9 years old

Brad Daugherty: Firing Thibs a mistake

"If I was a GM, I would be knocking the door down to get ahold of him."

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Definitely a sense of relief within the United Center -- from all involved -- that this thing has come to a resolution.

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Bulls assistant coach Andy Greer just left the Advocate Center. Bulls security was wheeling a lot of boxes out with him.

Pelton: The Tom Thibodeau Paradox

It's hard to argue with Tom Thibodeau's results. The man won games. Lots of them. And he created an elite defense year after year. But Thibodeau kept falling short in the playoffs, begging the question: Can his style win in the postseason? Too much regular-season success (Insider)

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Chef Curry to cook up another MVP?

Stephen Curry is a big favorite to be named MVP of the NBA Finals in Golden State's series vs. Cleveland.

Laimbeer would take LeBron over MJ

New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer said on The Dan Patrick Show this morning: "There’s no question I would take LeBron James [over Michael Jordan]. He can do more." Sorry, MJ

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Thibs, and Bulls, better with Rose

It's pretty simple: Tom Thibodeau had more success when former MVP Derrick Rose was in the lineup. Under Thibodeau, the Bulls had a win percentage of .729 in the regular season and .552 in the playoffs with Rose in the lineup. Without Rose, Chicago had a win percentage of .577 in the regular season and .318 in the playoffs.

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Dissecting the Bulls' statement

Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf released the equivalent of a 230-word fire emoji of a statement explaining the Tom Thibodeau firing. Jon Greenberg dives into what was left unsaid. Thibs deserved better

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President Obama sad to see Thibs leave

In response to a question on Twitter, the President gave his take on today's Tom Thibodeau firing: "Love thibs and think he did a great job. Sorry to see him go but expect he will be snatched up soon by another team."

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