As if life for Bulls fans couldn’t get any worse than it is right now, rumors about head coach Tom Thibodeau leaving the team to become the head coach of the New York Knicks have once against flared up and this time they seem to have the power to stick. According to Mitch Lawrence, who nailed the Luol Deng rumors before they happened, the Knicks may have a deal in place to land Tom Thibodeau in the offseason and make him their next next head coach.
Now, before you get too upset, these are just rumors and there’s nothing more than whispers to suggest that Thibodeau will leave the Bull for the Knicks next season. But after the Deng trade and taking into consideration the length of time it took for the Bulls to work out a measly contract with Thibodeau in the offseason to keep him around, you begin to see how it is indeed plausible to believe Thibodeau would leave Chicago.
Most people leave for money, but as Bob Ryan said recently, there’s a good chance that Thibodeau hasn’t spent a dime of the money he’s made with the Bulls. Moving on from Chicago would have more to do with not having any control over the team’s decisions, something the Knicks would afford him.
It’s not a secret that the Bulls kept Thibodeau in the dark about the Deng trade and had it been in Thibodeau’s control, he wouldn’t have made the deal. Rebuilding is not what the Bulls want to do and Thibodeau may bolt as a result.
Again, this is just a rumor at the moment but it’s one that continues to hang around and the more the Bulls cut Thibodeau out of decisions, the more likely it is he’ll screw them over and leave at the end of the season.