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Thibodeau’s way: Pieces, harmony and a 24-12 record – Chicago Sun-Times.
I have to admit, the results are in the record. Tom Thibodeau is having impressive start as a new head coach. I have noted his previous problems on a previous post, but the Bulls are a force and the reliance on the Thibodeau way on defense is making the Bulls look almost Jordanesque. The plays Derrick Rose makes are amazing and looking like Tiny Archibald leading the Celtics to a championship. I hope it continues.
Thibadeau pulls worst rookie mistake a coach can make. Costs a game
God love the Chicago media. As the referenced story above proves, serious reporting is in short supply. After the foolish loss to Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets, the press let Tom Thibadeau escape his fatal rookie mistake with “we have to get a loose ball” . Well that’s not good enough. Vinnie del Negro was excoriated for much less and the press never let up. I love K.C. Johnson, but he almost ignores the blunder of the year. We now have the Lovie love fest spilling over into Bulls coverage.
One of the cardinal rules of coaching in the NBA is to have your “closers” on the floor at the buzzer. Who did we have in the absence of Derrick Rose? Somebody named John Lucas, who was asked to win the game by hitting two free throws. Why in the world was the ball not in the hands of Kyle Korver or at worst Luol Deng in a situation where they did not have to shoot? A rookie off the street should never get near the ball in this situation, even if he is a 1.000 free throw shooter. You might as well have picked someone from the third balcony and put him on the line.
We’ll forget that the defensive strategy on the final shot was non-existent. This supposedly wonderful defensive strategist does not know what a double team of the star player on the opponent looks like, allowing a Carmelo Anthony jumper at the buzzer. But the coach blames it on the fact the Bulls did not get the loose ball on the previous play. Well this may be true, but the truth is, there was no Bull near enough that ball to get it. They just made a great play on the previous shot and couldn’t be in two places at once. That does not excuse allowing a free shot at the buzzer 4 seconds later.
But none of this matters if Korver or Deng or maybe the star of the game CJ Watson were on the line to win the game. John Lucas? Not today, coach. It just doesn’t wash. Man up and admit you blew the game and I’ll believe it was just a rookie mistake. Keep it up and join Vinnie on someone else’s bench.
I am spending some time this evening watching the Patriots and the Colts play a game I don’t recognize. I spent the afternoon away from football, instead sitting on the 18th hole at the Children’s Miracle Network Golf Tournament, which was a display of skill and professionalism by players who play a game they care about and challenge themselves to excel at. It makes me sad to think that a great city like Chicago is represented by a group of athletes who, unlike the golfers, are money grabbing pretenders. It is just very sad.
But watching the game on Sunday night also makes me angry. I am watching two teams that have players that make plays, try their best, succeed at times, fail at times. But these teams have quarterbacks that make plays, hit open receivers and dump the ball when necessary. They have coaches that design plays to take advantage of the other teams’ weaknesses. They have receivers that run the routes and give their quarterbacks a chance to make plays. They have running backs that adjust to the defense and turn failed holes into some gains by ADJUSTING. I guess I want to say I see pro football as it should be played. And then I think that next week the Bears are going to make fools of themselves again on national tv at night. And I become angry! Angry at the poor coaching. Angry at the quarterback who doesn’t know when to throw the ball away. Angry at watching a team not caring what the other team does, but coach the game as if they are in some dream world, made up by Lovie and the gang. No adjustments. “We are a running team” they say. But they have no line to run behind. ” We have good wide receivers” HUH? Do you have a Reggie Wayne? Wes Welker? Randy Moss? or any of the others in this game. It is a joke. And I am angry about it.