The Herald reported last night that the Bulls are close to offering their head coaching job to Thibodeau, and Marc Stein follows up at ESPN by saying the Hornets have moved on to Portland assistant Monty Williams. Sources say a single tear slowly flowed down the left cheek of New Orleans GM Jeff Bower’s face as he de-friended Thibodeau on Facebook and deleted all of Thibs’ e-mails. *
*Sources may not have said this.
Stein also reports that Thibodeau is “no longer interested in the Hornets job,” and cites a Chicago Tribune report that the Bulls may make Thibodeau their offer by the end of the weekend.
There will be those that criticize Thibodeau for stringing the Hornets along as he waited for better offers to materialize. And I get that, considering that Bower was (as Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! put it in criticizing Thibodeau’s handling of the situation) the first NBA GM to give Thibodeau a shot at the top chair.
But this is business, and Thibodeau wanted the Bulls job. And it’s a better job, with a superior young nucleus, cap space galore this off-season (or next, if things don’t work out this time) and a foundation of players that can play outstanding defense. Not Derrick Rose, but you know what I mean.
What a testament to Thibodeau’s work in Boston.
He’s about to get one of the league’s prime head-coaching jobs at a moment in which every front office coaching move is framed around the question, “Does this guy appeal to Wade/Bosh/LeBron?”
Bulls fans: You are getting a guy with prime pedigree. Winning is never guaranteed in the NBA. Coaching success isn’t, either. But Thibodeau’s record suggests he is ready.