Coach Thibodeau signs multi-year deal
by Scott M Gleeson, USA TODAY
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Chicago Bulls injured point guard Derrick Rose was surprised when he found out by media members about coach Tom Thibodeau’s multi-year contract extension on Monday at Bulls Media Day.
“What?” Rose asked happily perplexed.
Bulls general manager Gar Forman announced Thibodeau had agreed to a four-year deal but did not go over the parameters of the agreement. When asked to iron out some of the details on the contract, Forman kept if brief.
“Whatever four years is,” he said.
Then Thibodeau chimed in. “I said forever,” he said.
According to a Yahoo Sports report, Thibodeau’s new deal has a base of $17.5 million, with bonuses that could reach $20 million.
It was clear that both Forman and Thibodeau wanted to make something happen.
“It was certainly our goal for Tom to be the coach of the Bulls long term, and it was Tom’s goal to remain with the Chicago Bulls,” Forman said. “I’m biased, but I think he’s the best coach in the NBA. I think he’s proven in the last couple of years that he’s certainly one of the top three or four.
“I watch us practice every day and see every game that we play. His attention to detail on a daily basis is incredible and then holding guys accountable to what he wants done. …There’s an emphasis on defense and rebounding but he’s very good on both sides of the ball. Offensively, he’s very, very creative. He builds strong relationships with our players. Through those relationships, there’s a trust level.”
Thibodeau, the 2011 Coach of the Year in his first season with the Bulls and runner-up last season, won 100 games faster than any coach in NBA history. He was previously an assistant with the Boston Celtics under coach Doc Rivers, helping the team win a championship in 2008.
“Well I’d like to be here forever,” Thibodeau said of his new contract with the Bulls. “Obviously, I’m glad we got the contract part done. I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead. My expectations are always the same. I’m very thankful to (owner) Jerry (Reinsdorf), John … [For more on Coach Tom Thibodeau signs multi-year deal with Bulls, click here.]