DALLAS – It might have been a nice gesture, or at least a reassuring one, but Tom Thibodeau really didn’t need it.
Speaking on WGWG-FM 87.7 on Thursday, VP of basketball operations John Paxson again addressed all of the speculation that Thibodeau’s lifespan as the Bulls coach could be a short one, especially with the New York job likely opening up this summer.
“He is not going anywhere. … I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that our team is the best prepared in the NBA with Tom as our head coach,’’ Paxson said.
Forget the fact that he is under contract through the 2016-17 season, but Thibodeau has insisted over and over again that he wasn’t going anywhere. The latest came on Friday, before the morning shootaround.
“Nothing needs to be said,’’ Thibodeau said of Paxson’s comments. “To me it’s like I see it. I talk to Jerry [Reinsdorf], I see John, I see [general manager] Gar [Forman], we talk all the time, so it’s just something that keeps coming up, and no matter how you answer it will keep coming up, so I don’t waste any time with that.’’
Asked if he was bothered by the assumption that his exit would be because of some believed discontent between himself and the front office, Thibodeau responded, “Well, obviously it’s bothersome to you, so I’m just worried about [the Dallas Mavericks].’’