Gar Forman: Tom Thibodeau’s contract a non-issue
BY NEIL HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org April 3, 2012 10:30PM
Updated: May 5, 2012 8:20AM
General manager Gar Forman said he fully expects to resume talks on a contract extension with coach Tom Thibodeau after the season. Forman also called an ESPN report that claimed Thibodeau was frustrated because he had not received an extension a “non-issue.”
“We want Tom to be our coach for a long time, and I know Tom wants to coach the Chicago Bulls,” Forman said at the annual charity dinner and auction at the United Center on Tuesday night. “We initiated extension talks with him last fall, which really is probably unprecedented in the NBA after one year, but we think that highly of Tom. Our talks were very productive. When our season started, both sides agreed to table those talks until after the season.
“It’s our objective to have Tom as coach of the Bulls long-term, and I think it’s Tom’s objective to be the coach of the Bulls. Usually when your objectives are the same, you should be able to reach a resolution.”
Thibodeau had no head-coaching experience when the Bulls signed him to a two-year contract before last season. The deal includes a club option for the 2012-13 season.
“One of the many things Tom does well is he has a great feel for how to pace our team,” Forman said when asked if he was concerned that Thibodeau’s hard-driving style could wear on players over time. “A lot of fans don’t see that because they see how hard we play on game night. But during the course of the season, Tom has a pretty good idea of when to turn the heat up as far as practice is concerned and when to take a step back and give guys some time off. It’s really not a concern.”