- Bulls had a 23-28 postseason record during Thibodeau's tenure
- Thibodeau clashed with members of the Bulls' front office
The Chicago Bulls fired coach Tom Thibodeau, who had two years and about $9 million left on his contract, after he clashed with management and compiled a 23-28 record in the National Basketball Association playoffs over the past five seasons.
The Bulls had a 255-139 regular-season record under Thibodeau, who was voted the NBA’s coach of the year in 2010-11. Chicago went 50-32 this season before losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said Thibodeau’s firing came after a breakdown in the team’s culture, saying input from all parts of the organization must be welcomed. Thibodeau had a deteriorating relationship with the Bulls’ front office, including General Manager Gar Forman, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“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,” Reinsdorf said. “These internal discussions must not be considered an invasion of turf, and must remain private.”
The Bulls have interest in Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg as a replacement, ESPN reported, while the New Orleans Pelicans and Orlando Magic will seek to speak with Thibodeau about their coaching vacancies.