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Rose was off the bloom for Thibodeau

Including the playoffs, Tom Thibodeau coached 445 games in five seasons with the Bulls. Due to injury, Derrick Rose played in only 47% of those games (210).

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Bulls release on Thibs a lot like the letter you would send to an awful departing roommate as you begrudingly attach their security deposit

LeBron partially to blame for Thibs ouster

Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls were eliminated by LeBron James' team in three of his five seasons. Chicago was 4-2 in all other playoff series.

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Statement from Bulls GM on coach firing

Said Gar Forman: "When Tom [Thibodeau] 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. 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."

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Thibodeau was elite in regular season

Tom Thibodeau was fired by the Bulls despite a win percentage of .647 in the last five seasons. The only teams who won at a better clip were the Spurs, Thunder and Heat.

Thibs couldn't get it done in playoffs

Tom Thibodeau had a 23-28 record in the playoffs with the Bulls. That .451 win percentage ranked 15th among all active coaches.

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Tom Thibodeau 5-year Bulls bio

  • 255-139, .647 win pct.
  • 3rd most wins in franchise history
  • 1st or 2nd every year in Central Division
  • 2010-11 NBA Coach of the Year
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Bulls looking for new identity

The Bulls were known for the defense under Tom Thibodeau. Bulls GM 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."

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The Bulls announce Tom Thibodeau will not be retained as coach next season. Bulls D ranked 1st in PPG allowed in 5 seasons under Thibodeau.

Bill Laimbeer picks LeBron over Jordan

"There's no question that I would take LeBron James. ... I mean, Michael Jordan could score and make big shots and look spectacular at times with wild flying dunks, but ... LeBron can get you 15 assists if he chooses to or he can score 50 if he wanted to." (via Dan Patrick show)

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OTD: Larry Bird wins 3rd straight MVP

On this date in 1986, Larry Legend became just the third player to achieve the feat (Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain). Eleven days later, he would lead Boston to an NBA championship over Houston.

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Hard to topple the MVP in the Finals

This is the 31st instance that a player won the MVP award and then went on to make the NBA Finals that same season. They are 22-8 in those series.

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Warriors can't rely on same formula

J.A. Adande writes that in fairy tales, the magical ride ends with a parade. But in Golden State's reality, it still has to face the big bad wolf. Room to improve

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Can Barnes be a LeBron-stopper?

Brad Daugherty predicts that Harrison Barnes will be the Warriors' best option to defend LeBron James in the NBA Finals.

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