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Bulls Waiting For Coaching Vacancies To Fill Before Firing Tom Thibodeau

May 23, 2015 3:05 PM

The Chicago Bulls have been waiting for a team to offer a draft pick to hire Tom Thibodeau, but no such offer has materialized. 

The Orlando Magic and New Orleans Pelicans are two franchises that have had interest in Thibodeau for their head coaching vacancies.

The Bulls seem determined to hold on to Thibodeau until the NBA's job vacancies are filled, which would leave him out of coaching next season. Thibodeau has been unwilling to step down to give up any of the money owed to him over the remaining two seasons of his deal with the Bulls.

According to various reports, the Bulls would like to hire Fred Hoiberg.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Wiggins, Noel, Mirotic, Clarkson, Payton On All-Rookie Team

May 18, 2015 2:43 PM

Andrew Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, Jordan Clarkson, Nikola Mirotic and Elfrid Payton have been named to the 14-15 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

On the second team are Marcus Smart, Zach LaVine, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jusuf Nurkic and Langston Galloway.

From Gary Neal and Landry Fields in 2011 to Marc Jackson in 2001, the All-Rookie First Team has had a surprising number of one-hit wonders.

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Report: Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler Had Tension With Roles On Offense

May 18, 2015 1:18 PM

Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler have had a growing tension over the past few weeks as the two figure out who will be the Chicago Bulls' primary scorer.

Butler was waved off by Rose on a few occasions in the first half of Game 6 before Rose allowed Butler to dominate the offense in the second half.

Butler will be a restricted free agent this offseason and figures to sign a max contract.

Dan Bernstein/CBS Chicago

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Thunder Interested In Monty Williams, Andy Greer, Nate Tibbets As Assistants

May 16, 2015 9:47 PM

Billy Donovan has targeted Monty Williams, Andy Greer and Nate Tibbetts to join his coaching staff with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Williams was recently fired by the New Orleans Pelicans, while Greer is currently an assistant with the Bulls and Tibbetts with the Blazers.

Brian Keefe is another possibility for the Thunder. Keefe left the Thunder last offseason to join Derek Fisher with the New York Knicks.

Keefe is well-regarded among Thunder management and players. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are among the players partial to Keefe.

Mike Brown passed on a chance to interview for a spot on Donovan's staff.

Donovan will keep Oklahoma City assistant Mark Bryant and Darko Rajakovic on staff, and make former Alabama coach Anthony Grant his No. 3 assistant coach, league sources said.

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-6)

May 16, 2015 4:21 PM

All four Conference Semifinals have played six games with the Warriors, Cavaliers and Hawks eliminating the Grizzlies, Bulls and Wizards, while the Clippers and Rockets will meet in Game 7.

Points Per 100 Possessions (Game 1/Game 2/Game 3/Game 4/Game 5/Game 6)

Cavaliers: 109.0 / 122.4 / 109.1 / 95.9 / 119.4 / 118.7

Bulls117.3 / 105.1 / 112.5 / 93.7 / 113.8 / 92.2

Hawks: 106.1 / 113.4 / 108.7 / 111.7 / 84.7 / 100.8

Wizards112.6 / 96.3 / 110.8 / 106.4 / 83.6 / 97.5

Warriors112.6 / 94.7 / 96.9 / 107.1 / 113.2 / 118.3 

Grizzlies: 95.9 / 102.1 / 107.8 / 89.0 / 90.1 / 104.0

Rockets: 93.9 / 110.8 / 110.7 / 91.4 / 128.4 / 115.2

Clippers108.8 / 105.0 / 126.1 / 123.2 / 106.6  / 103.6

Series Points Per 100 Possessions (Offense/Defense)

Cavaliers: 110.5 / 104.2

Bulls: 104.2 / 110.5

Hawks: 103.3 / 100.3

Wizards: 100.3 / 103.3

Warriors: 106.6 / 97.8

Grizzlies: 97.8 / 106.6

Rockets: 105.8 / 111.5

Clippers: 111.5 / 105.8

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Bulls Unwilling To Let Tom Thibodeau Leave Without Compensation

May 15, 2015 10:15 PM

Tom Thibodeau has no plans of stepping away from the $9 million owed to him by the Chicago Bulls over the next two seasons.

Both Thibodeau and the Bulls appear to prefer a separation this offseason.

Gar Forman and John Paxson, however, are not willing to fire Thibodeau and allow him to leave without compensation. The Bulls are not even prepared to engage in compensation talks until they have a commitment from a replacement that excites them.

Fred Hoiberg is the Bulls' preferred choice, as he's seen of being capable of fixing their offense. Hoiberg is only two years into a 10-year, $20 million contract at Iowa State.

"He can leave whenever he wants," one front-office source said. "Why now?"

 

The New Orleans Pelicans, Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic all have coaching vacancies.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

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Bulls Interested In Fred Hoiberg, Adrian Griffin

May 14, 2015 11:44 PM

If the Chicago Bulls part ways with Tom Thibodeau this offseason, Fred Hoiberg has widely been expected to be their top candidate.

Adrian Griffin is another candidate the Bulls are likely to consider, who is an assistant with the Bulls.

Hoiberg has NBA experience as a player and front office executive to go with his college coaching career.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Tom Thibodeau, Pelicans Have Mutual Interest

May 14, 2015 11:39 PM

With the Chicago Bulls eliminated from the playoffs, the future of Tom Thibodeau becomes a pressing question for several franchises.

Thibodeau is widely expected to not return as head coach of the Bulls.

The Orlando Magic are interested in Thibodeau and sources say there is mutual interest with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Thibodeau has two seasons and $9 million remaining on his contract with the Bulls.

When asked after the game if he expects to remain with the Bulls, Thibodeau sounded unwilling to step down.

"Until they tell me I'm not, I expect to be here," said Thibodeau.

Derrick Rose said he would like Thibodeau to return.

As one source close to the situation puts it: "Thibs is gone. They know it and he knows it."

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Joakim Noah Wins J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

May 14, 2015 11:34 AM

Joakim Noah has won the 2014-15 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award as selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA).

The honor, named after the NBA’s second commissioner, is presented annually by the PBWA to the player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community.

The other finalists for the award were Tobias Harris of the Orlando Magic, Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Noah has dedicated himself to helping children develop a stronger sense of self through his Noah’s Arc Foundation (NAF). The foundation recently launched the “Rock Your Drop: The Drop of Consciousness” anti-violence initiative, which supports those affected by violence and encourages youth to express themselves through creative outlets like sports and art.

J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award Winners
1974-75  Wes Unseld, Washington
1975-76 Slick Watts, Seattle
1976-77 Dave Bing, Washington
1977-78 Bob Lanier, Detroit
1978-79 Calvin Murphy, Houston
1979-80 Austin Carr, Cleveland
1980-81 Mike Glenn, New York
1981-82 Kent Benson, Detroit
1982-83 Julius Erving, Philadelphia
1983-84 Frank Layden, Utah
1984-85 Dan Issel, Denver
1985-86 Michael Cooper, L.A. Lakers, and Rory Sparrow, New York
1986-87 Isiah Thomas, Detroit
1987-88 Alex English, Denver
1988-89 Thurl Bailey, Utah
1989-90 Doc Rivers, Atlanta
1990-91 Kevin Johnson, Phoenix
1991-92 Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers
1992-93 Terry Porter, Portland
1993-94 Joe Dumars, Detroit
1994-95 Joe O’Toole, Atlanta
1995-96 Chris Dudley, Portland
1996-97 P.J. Brown, Miami
1997-98 Steve Smith, Atlanta
1998-99 Brian Grant, Portland
1999-00 Vlade Divac, Sacramento
2000-01 Dikembe Mutombo, Philadelphia
2001-02 Alonzo Mourning, Miami
2002-03 David Robinson, San Antonio
2003-04 Reggie Miller, Indiana
2004-05 Eric Snow, Cleveland
2005-06 Kevin Garnett, Minnesota
2006-07 Steve Nash, Phoenix
2007-08 Chauncey Billups, Detroit
2008-09 Dikembe Mutombo, Houston
2009-10 Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia
2010-11 Metta World Peace, L.A. Lakers
2011-12 Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers
2012-13 Kenneth Faried, Denver
2013-14 Luol Deng, Cleveland
2014-15 Joakim Noah, Chicago

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-5)

May 14, 2015 1:39 AM

All four Conference Semifinals have played five games with the Warriors, Cavaliers, Clippers and Hawks holding three games to two series leads over the Grizzlies, Bulls, Rockets and Wizards respectively.

Points Per 100 Possessions (Game 1/Game 2/Game 3/Game 4/Game 5)

Cavaliers: 109.0 / 122.4 / 109.1 / 95.9 / 119.4

Bulls117.3 / 105.1 / 112.5 / 93.7 / 113.8

Hawks: 106.1 / 113.4 / 108.7 / 111.7 / 84.7

Wizards112.6 / 96.3 / 110.8 / 106.4 / 83.6

Warriors112.6 / 94.7 / 96.9 / 107.1 / 113.2

Grizzlies: 95.9 / 102.1 / 107.8 / 89.0 / 90.1

Rockets: 93.9 / 110.8 / 110.7 / 91.4 / 128.4

Clippers108.8 / 105.0 / 126.1 / 123.2 / 106.6

Series Points Per 100 Possessions (Offense/Defense)

Cavaliers: 109.4 / 106.7

Bulls: 106.7 / 109.4

Hawks: 103.9 / 101.0

Wizards: 101.0 / 103.9

Warriors: 104.9 / 97.0

Grizzlies: 97.0 / 104.9

Rockets: 104.0 / 113.1

Clippers: 113.1 / 104.0

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Pau Gasol Hopes To Play In Game 6
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Pau Gasol Misses Game 5 With Strained Hamstring
Pau Gasol has a strained left hamstring.

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-4)
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Eastern Conference Vet: Bulls Adhere Strictly To Called Plays
The Cavaliers had runs of 16-0 and 16-2 in the first and second halves of their Game 4 win over the Bulls.

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Blatt Tried To Call Timeout; Have LeBron Take Ball Out On Final Play
David Blatt made two potentially disastrous coaching mistakes in the final seconds of the Cavaliers' 86-84 win in Game 4 at the Bulls.

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LeBron Accuses Noah Of Crossing Line With Trash Talking
LeBron James and Joakim Noah received double technical fouls during the third quarter of Game 3.

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Lakers Plan To Pursue Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler will be a restricted free agent this summer after the Bulls were unable to sign him to an extension.

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Pau Gasol Leaves Game 3 With Hamstring Strain
Pau Gasol left the third quarter of Game 3 with a left hamstring strain.

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NBA Fines Joakim Noah $25,000 For Pushing Fan
Joakim Noah pushed the fan when walking to the tunnel.

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Jimmy Butler Wins NBA's Most Improved Player Ahead Of Green, Gobert
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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1, 2)
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Jimmy Butler Wins NBA's Most Improved Player Award
Jimmy Butler took a big step forward before hitting restricted free agency.

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Derrick Rose Pain-Free After Suffering Stinger In Shoulder
Derrick Rose said he has no pain after suffering a stinger in his right shoulder late in the Bulls' Game 1 win over the Cavaliers.

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LeBron: Kyrie, Myself Need To Change Mindset With Love Out
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Magic Waiting On Tom Thibodeau Situation With Bulls To Be Resolved
Tom Thibodeau has two years remaining on his contract with the Bulls.

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Fred Hoiberg Believed To Be Bulls' Preferred Replacement For Thibodeau
Fred Hoiberg played for the Bulls from 1999 until 2003.

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Mike Dunleavy Jr. Dodges Suspension From NBA
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Andrew Wiggins Wins NBA ROY; Mirotic Finishes 2nd Ahead Of Noel
Andrew Wiggins has been named NBA Rookie of the Year, beating out Nikola Mirotic and Nerlens Noel.

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Jimmy Butler: I've Been Worried About Offense Too Much
Jimmy Butler is averaging 44.2 minutes per game in the series against the Bucks.

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Thibodeau's Confidants Expect Him To Be Fired By Bulls In Offseason
Tom Thibodeau's propensity to give what some may believe to be excessive minutes to some of his players has been an issue with the front office.

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