The 2013-14 NBA campaign represents a new beginning for the Chicago Bulls. Derrick Rose is back in action and as he continues to improve from his extended time away from the game, the team should return to being a legit contender to win a championship this season.
But according to Adrian Wojnarowski, veteran NBA reporter for Yahoo! Sports, an old rift between Tom Thibodeau and the front office continues to be an issue. Or is it?
“It’s been a bad relationship that got worse with the firing of Ron Adams, who was Thibs’ top assistant coach,” Wojnarowski said in an interview with CSN Chicago. “[Adams] was very popular with Derrick Rose. But there’s been a history here before Tom Thibodeau with Vinny Del Negro. Obviously they have a great coach in Tom Thibodeau and those issues have continued with this management team.”
However, CSN analyst Stacey King refutes the notion that a rift still exists between Thibs and management. The former Bulls big man says if there is something there, the two sides will ultimately find a way to work through it.
“I wouldn’t put too much stock in it,” King said. “This is a great organization and they’ll find a way – if there is a problem – to come to a common ground because at the end of the day, the most important thing is for this team be healthy and this team to challenge for a championship. And in order for that to happen, everybody has to be on the same page. I’m around these guys a lot, I believe they’re on the same page and I think a lot of this has been pretty much blown out of proportion. Will they always agree? No. Will they agree to disagree? Yes, some days. But at the end of the day, it’s all about winning championships. They’ll find a way to get it done.”