With the Chicago Bulls’ loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night in Game 5 of the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, the Bulls are likely one loss away from parting ways with head coach Tom Thibodeau. Thibodeau is not expected to return as the Bulls’ head coach for the 2015-2016 NBA Season.
Before the Chicago Bulls even took the court for Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night, a report surfaced that identified who the new Bulls’ head coach could potentially be next season.
According to a report by Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, if the Bulls part ways with Thibodeau after their playoff run concludes, Golden State Warriors’ assistant coach Alvin Gentry would likely be considered the favorite to replace Thibodeau. The report states that Fred Hoiberg, a candidate that is endorsed by the Bulls’ front office, is likely to remain in the college ranks with Iowa State.
Before becoming an assistant with the Warriors, Gentry has had head coaching stops with the Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, and Phoenix Suns. Gentry has a career record of 335-370.
Gentry would be a step in a different direction for the Bulls. Typically, the Bulls’ front office opts to hire an assistant coach that has no head coaching experience as evident by their past two hires of Thibodeau and previously Vinny Del Negro.
At this point, the worst kept secret in the NBA is that the Bulls and Thibodeau are parting ways after the season. But, if I was a head coach, I would have serious concern about working for Gar Forman as a general manager.
The idea that the Bulls are leaking the names of head coaching candidates to the media while Thibodeau is trying to get the team to the Eastern Conference Finals is unprofessional. Those type of practices are the reasons why the Bulls’ front office has a less than stellar reputation across the NBA.
Gentry could be a great head coach for the Bulls, but he is no Tom Thibodeau. Though, the Bulls’ front office will only realize that once their team is competing for lottery balls and not a spot in the playoffs.
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