DALLAS — Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau doesn’t want to get buy into Jimmer Mania quite yet.
After guard Jimmer Fredette was bought out by Sacarmento, reports surfaced on Thursday that he and the Bulls have mutual interest. But Fredette can’t officially sign with a team until he clears waivers at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Thibodeau didn’t want to speak about Fredette by name at Friday’s morning shootaround.
[Source: Jimmer Fredette is an option for Bulls]
The coach did mention how adding another shooter would help the Bulls, though.
“The more shooting you have, the more it opens up the floor,” Thibodeau said. “It’s just to create the space too. We want to open things up, attack off the dribble with out cuts, things of that nature. It’s also how you complement your primary scorers. We feel that’s an area of a need.”
Slowing the guards
Kirk Hinrich was quick to deflect the credit in shutting down Golden State guard Stephen Curry two days ago.
Curry tied a season low with five points on Wednesday against the Bulls.
“It’s really just team defense,” Hinrich said of defending Curry. “Our bigs did a great job of just being up and not giving that guy air space, because he’s one of the best shooters in the world.”
Hinrich will face another difficult defensive task in Dallas on Friday, facing off against Monta Ellis, who ripped the Bulls for 22 points in the teams’ only other meeting this season.
“They’re all playing very well, playing great as a team,” Hinrich said. “It’s going to take one of our better efforts of the season.”
Thibodeau not concerned with show of support
The Bulls’ front office attempted to squash the supposed rift between it and Thibodeau on Thursday, as Bulls VP of basketball operations John Paxson gave a show of support for Thibodeau in a radio interview.
Thibodeau said on Friday that it didn’t mean much. It didn’t have to.
“Nothing needs to be said,” Thibodeau said. “I talk to Jerry (Reinsdorf), I see John (Paxson), I see Gar (Forman). We talk all the time. It’s just something that keeps coming up. No matter how you answer it, it’ll keep coming up, so I don’t waste any time with that.”