Coaching watch: Hornets make offer to Thibodeau, Bulls still looking

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the New Orleans Hornets have made a formal offer to Boston Celtics assistant and defensive mastermind Tom Thibodeau.

And what does that mean for the Bulls?

Stein writes: “Sources say the Bulls, meanwhile, have scheduled an interview this week with [Lawrence]¬†Frank while waiting to see whether Thibodeau takes the New Orleans job or consents to meet with them after Boston’s series with Orlando. Other Bulls candidates besides Frank and Thibodeau, according to the Chicago Tribune, are Houston Rockets assistant coach Elston Turner and Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Maurice Cheeks.”

Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald adds: “Dallas assistant Dwane Casey will reportedly get a second interview for Atlanta’s opening. Casey is on the Bulls’ list, but trails Tom Thibodeau and Maurice Cheeks at this point. – The Bulls are not expected to have interest in ex-Cleveland coach Mike Brown. LeBron James won’t want to play in the same slow-down offense. New Jersey might add Brown to its list of candidates.”

Despite the fact that his team still hasn’t closed in on a new coach, Joakim Noah is feeling pretty positive. During a recent appearance on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000, Noah compared Chicago to New York: “I think the difference is we’re going to win a lot more ballgames over there. The future is really bright in Chicago. It’s really exciting to be a part of it, and things are looking pretty good.”

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10 Responses to Coaching watch: Hornets make offer to Thibodeau, Bulls still looking

  1. DipenPatel@Chicagobreakingsports.com'
    BULL4EVER May 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    So Phil Jackson has zero interest in returning to the windy city, but I can Guarantee it the “Zen Master” will return to the windy city when Chicago signs LeBron, not to mention Bosh will also sign with Chicago when LeBron signs with the Bulls when July 1st arrives.GO BULLS.

  2. Anonymous May 26, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    Sooo…we’re interviewing a bunch of no-names and retreads huh? That’s great, really awesome. Now I see why we got rid of VDN…I mean, who could pass up a chance at such coaching masters as Tom Thibodeau and Maurice Cheeks?

  3. bob.edwards47@yahoo.com'
    Boppinbob May 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    Even if the Bulls get LeBron I do not see Jackson coming back to Chicago. Why would Jackson want to deal with the expectations and pressure. He would be a failure if he did not win a championship next year.

  4. bobbysimmons May 26, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    Let’s promote Bernie!!

  5. Mahmoud May 26, 2010 at 11:52 pm #

    I think Thibodeau would be an absolutely great coach, but I agree that the candidates we’ve looked at have been unimpressive at best. No Byron Scott, no Avery Johnson…those were the two guys I thought the Bulls would jump on right away, and so far they’ve been straight disinterested.

  6. joesez@gmail.com'
    joe May 27, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    Phil Jackson was a no name when he was hired. Skiles was a hot head who burned out the Suns.

    Tom Thibodeau might jump at the Hornets but then he’d be making the same mistake DiAntoni made when he jumped at the Knicks. I say Tom bides his time and interviews with Chicago.

  7. bob.edwards47@yahoo.com'
    Boppinbob May 27, 2010 at 3:32 am #

    Anonymous, any former head coach who is unemployed would be a retread. I would not call Tom Thibodeau a no name, he has a very solid reputation as an assistant coach and defensive guru. I guess you are saying that anyone without head coach experience is a no name. So according to you we should hire a head coach who is currently under contract with another team, since they are the only ones you have not exempted from your ridicule.

  8. zilla2033@yahoo.com'
    zillaa May 27, 2010 at 3:40 am #

    The lack of movement on the coaching front is bringing one hell of a skeleton out of the closet….Reinsdorf.

    There is a reason the Bulls have failed drastically every season they have had the money for a major free agent. There is a reason the Bulls haven’t been able to pull a decent coach despite the 6-8 coaches they have fired in the last 12 years.

    You think the teenagers of the late 90s (which are now LeBrons, Wades, etc) don’t remember how Reinsdorf forced out one of the greatest teams ever? You think anybody forgot Reinsdorf trying to one-up Jordan in the press by saying organizations win championships? THEY DON’T WANT TO COME HERE. I hope I’m wrong, I hope they do, and I hope we win again. The problem is that there is 12 years of evidence saying otherwise.

  9. bobbysimmons May 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    man F Dwayne Wade and his knocks on the Chicago Bulls. We give that guy all this love and now he says our organization is not loyal. Who give a sh#T about the organization, the fans are the ones that count. And he says he values loyalty, bullsh#t, after he trades his h/s sweetheart for Gabrielle Union. why did that dude (From Chicago!) become a hater all of a sudden. He’s just jealous that once we started talking Lebron, no one paid any attention to him anymore.

  10. Trm378@gmail.com'
    Trm3 May 28, 2010 at 6:24 am #

    Exactly BobbySimmons, he’s questioning the Bulls loyalty to former players?? Really, sorry Wade..Michael wanted to be an owner, can’t do that when Reinsdorf is the owner. Scottie is always around, he’s always at Bulls games. John Paxson is our GM, Stacey King is our TV analyst, Bill Wennington is our radio personality. For pete sakes we have a Jordan statue in front of arena. BJ Armstrong was in the front office at one point..

    What does Wade know about loyalty? Who exactly have the Heat shown loyalty to?? Where’s Mourning? Where’s Ronnie Seikly?? Tim Hardaway??

    I guess Boston isn’t loyal either cause where’s Bird?? ..McHale??..Parish?? How about LA..they must not be loyal either cause where’s Jerry West? Memphis GM..why is he there?? where’s Magic?? ESPN analyst..

    If loyalty is such a big deal to Wade then why opt out? Just stay. Stay and play for a GM that will fire his coach just in time to inhereit another title. Real nice on firing Stan Van Gundy when he had the Heat team ready to win mister Patty, take all that credit cause u did it Pat.

    Bulls are retards when it comes to coaches not former players. Wade is a dope!

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