From Bulls’ official statement, as stated by Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf:
“While the head of each department of the organization must be free to make final decisions regarding his department, there must be free and open interdepartmental discussion and consideration of everyone’s ideas and opinions. These internal discussions must not be considered an invasion of turf, and must remain private. Teams that consistently perform at the highest levels are able to come together and be unified across the organization-staff, players, coaches, management and ownership. When everyone is on the same page, trust develops and teams can grow and succeed together. Unfortunately, there has been a departure from this culture.”
General Manager Gar Forman: “When Tom 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.”
Stay with WARR for more on coach Thibs’ firing through the rest of the week, including in a new episode of “The D & Davis Show” this Saturday on Chicagoland Sports Radio.
Forman and Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson will address the media at 2 p.m. Thursday to discuss Thibodeau’s firing, per the Chicago Tribune.
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