As Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports, the Chicago Bulls want to part ways with coach Tom Thibodeau when their season ends. "The end is coming for Thibodeau with these Bulls," says Wojnarowski, who adds that Bulls executives are "obsessed with" ousting Thibodeau, and that they have already identified former Chicago guard Fred Hoiberg as his ideal replacement.
Setting aside for a moment how puzzling the idea of letting Thibodeau go is--he earned Coach of the Year honors in 2010/11 and has guided the Bulls to a 255-139 (.647) record in his tenure--the rumor certainly bodes well for the Orlando Magic, who own one of the NBA's two coaching vacancies after finishing the 2014/15 season with James Borrego at the helm. Wojnarowski, citing "league sources," say Orlando is "waiting to watch" how the Bulls' season unfolds and how Thibodeau's future might impact their coaching search.
Wojnarowski's report comes on the heels of one Josh Robbins filed Saturday, one which suggested the Magic may be holding off on interviewing other coaching candidates so as to not leave them in a sort of limbo if Thibodeau becomes a free agent.
In addition to his sterling résumé, Thibodeau has a focused, no-nonsense demeanor, as he illustrates in this quote from Wojnarowski's piece:
"All that matters is what we think. Are we doing the right things every day? Are we putting the proper work in? Are we playing the right way? Practicing the right way? That's how you play well in this league."
It's thus easy to understand why the rebuilding Magic would eye Thibodeau, who could instill some focus and discipline into a young team in need of an identity.
At present, Thibodeau's Bulls own a 1-0 advantage against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. If Robbins' hunch is correct, we won't see much movement, if any, on the Magic coaching front until the Bulls' season ends. Buckle up.