Sure, it’s baseball season and sure, the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks broke the hearts of many Chicagoans. But Bulls fans received some good news on Monday.
The New York Knicks hired Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher to become head coach after 18 seasons in the NBA. The announcement of the hiring was made on Monday through numerous media outlets. Fisher was announced as head coach on Tuesday at a press conference held by the Knicks organization.
How is this good news for the Bulls?
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has mentioned coaching in New York would be “like a dream”.
“There’s only one place that Thibodeau would really push to go elsewhere, and that’s to go back to the New York Knicks. That, I’m told by one source, is actually his dream job, to go back and get the Knicks back on the map. But short of that, he realizes that no matter where he goes, the grass isn’t always greener.”
-Ric Bucher, BleacherReport.com
With Fisher at the helm in New York, the Bulls fans that had doubts on Thibodeau staying in Chicago can rest a tad easier now.
Thibodeau signed a four-year extension in October 2012 after winning 112 games in his first two seasons in Chicago, but the reported “tension” between the Bulls brass of general manager Gar Forman and vice president of basketball operations John Paxson has been well-stated.
But then again, there’s this:
Kerr gets $4-$5 million per year, Fisher gets $5 million, Cal reportedly offered $8 million. What could Thibodeau be worth when his deal up?
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 9, 2014
Rumored tension or not, Thibodeau is one of the best coaches in basketball and the Bulls organization knows that. Plus, let’s not forget that Thibodeau has had his superstar point guard for just one season.
(The Bulls won 62 games in 2010-11, Thibodeau’s first year.)
OK, so the Bulls have their head man for the years to come. But what about this off-season? Is the Fisher/Phil Jackson duo enough to convince Knicks star Carmelo Anthony to stay in Manhattan? What about those rumors that the Bulls offered a lucrative deal for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love?
Personally, I think the Los Angeles Lakers will get involved with this as well. They’re holding off their coaching search to pursue soon-to-be free agents LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Love’s deal in Minnesota is through this season, but a trade could be imminent.
How could/would the Lakers involved? Well, for one … it’s the Lakers. Two, Kevin Love played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins. He’s a West Coast guy. The Lakers may have to send the No. 7 pick in this year’s draft to Minnesota for Love, but you know LA wants that spotlight back with Kobe Bryant and Love (or LeBron/Carmelo) right in the thick of things. Plus, a ton of cap space never hurt anyone.
The Bulls have their eyes set on a big off-season. After being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in five games to the Washington Wizards, the Bulls’ No. 1 need is more clear that it’s ever been: scoring. Chicago has their eyes set on three of the best scorers in basketball.
So, as you enjoy some beautiful days at Wrigley Field or U.S. Cellular Field this summer, remember that the landscape of Chicago Bulls basketball could be changing tremendously.