The Tom Thibodeau courting process is finally over, and Thibs has taken a position as head coach of the Chicago Bulls.
Looking around the NBA, I find it hard to believe there’s a better opening for a head coach than the Bulls job. Sure, Thibodeau might be subjected to a brawl or two with John Paxson, but he will also be coaching rising stars Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Free Agent X. (Two notes about my previous sentence: 1) The Bulls have plenty of cap space and are attractive because Rose is such a stud. They WILL sign a max player. 2) Is it okay that I just called Joakim Noah a rising star? Even if it’s okay, it sounds weird.)
With Rose, Noah, Free Agent X, Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich and Thibodeau’s defensive magic, the Bulls should have a hell of a team next season. Another note on the Bulls’ suddenly very bright future: Some people wondered why Chicago didn’t resign Ben Gordon after he had such a wonderful playoff series against the Celtics. Now, with the Bulls well under the cap space and Joe Dumars repeatedly slamming his head against a urinal for signing Gordon to a $50 million contract, I think we know why.
Back to Thibodeau, he’ll finally get his chance to run a team. That chance is long overdue.