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Bulls' approach reflected in Thibodeau's intensity

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Bulls' approach reflected in Thibodeau's intensity

As one might expect, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is taking Monday's record-setting defensive performance against Atlanta in stride.

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"If you have a good win, it doesnt mean you have it all figured out. You have to understand why you win and why you lose and make the necessary corrections. Even when you win, theres a lot you have to do better. Usually when you lose, youre more aware. It shouldnt be that way," Thibodeau told reporters after the team's Tuesday afternoon practice at the Berto Center.

"When you win, human nature is when you feel good, thats usually when youre headed for a fall. We want to approach everything the same way, have discipline, be focused, concentrate on improvement, not skip any steps."

It was a typical response from Thibodeau, who presents a constantly even-keeled approach to the media, in contrast to his intense sideline demeanor during games, not to mention a reported tirade directed at his players during Monday's shootaround, addressing their lack of consistency, particular at the United Center.

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But while his players acknowledged their coach's motivational tactics -- Joakim Noah did so, in humorous fashion, in the aftermath of the Bulls' historic smothering of Atlanta's offense -- that didn't mean it was anything out of the ordinary.

"Were used to it. Hes very emotional. He takes getting us ready very seriously," veteran point guard Kirk Hinrich, playing for Thibodeau for the first season in his return to the Bulls. "We as professionals want the same thing. As individuals, we have to make sure were ready to play."

Thibodeau himself also insisted that the evening's result wasn't simply a carry-over effect from the morning session, but a product of better preparation and attention to detail.

"I dont think it was that. They were ready to approach the game in a different manner. I thought readiness to play was important for us. Usually with this team, when we practice well we play well. We had some slippage. When you dont have the opportunity to practice, theres going to be some slippage. You still have to have the ability to make corrections, concentrate and be ready to play. That was the main point of emphasis," he explained.

"Thats part of coaching. As you see things, you have to point them out. I see my job is to tell them the truth as I see it. Each day for us to improve, we have to know the things were not doing well, how we can correct it. Sometimes you do it through film. Sometimes meeting. Sometimes its practice. And sometimes its all three."

Whatever the case, Thibodeau's corrections worked, manifesting themselves in a stellar defensive outing, a tribute to the coach's defense-first philosophy.

Bulls Talk Podcast: How blockbuster trade between Cavaliers-Celtics impacts Eastern Conference

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Bulls Talk Podcast: How blockbuster trade between Cavaliers-Celtics impacts Eastern Conference

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kevin Anderson break down the blockbuster Cavs-Celtics trade and how it impacts both teams.

Plus should Bulls fans be upset at the deal they got for Jimmy Butler in light of the Irving trade? Kendall also shares his recent conversation with Dwyane Wade and the panel weighs in if it’s a foregone conclusion that Wade ends up playing with Lebron this upcoming season.

Listen to the full episode here:

Report: LeBron James' camp thinks Dwyane Wade will wind up with Cavs

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Report: LeBron James' camp thinks Dwyane Wade will wind up with Cavs

There was a time in the not-too-distant past that then-Bulls Derrick Rose went toe-to-toe with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat's tag-team duo in the Eastern Conference.

Six years later, Wade has replaced Rose in Chicago. Rose made a pitstop in New York via trade. James, after winning two titles in Miami, went back to Cleveland. Rose joined him earlier this offseason, signing a one-year deal with the Cavs.

Got all that?

The NBA looks different these days, and according to one Cavaliers beat writer it could look way different sometime this year. That's because Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon reported Tuesday that people in James' camp believe Dwyane Wade will play for the Cavaliers at some point this season.

"As of right now, people close to James are fairly confident that, at some point this year, Dwyane Wade is going to end up on the Cavs."

Now, there's obviously a lot to break down here. First, Wade is under contract with the Bulls and is due nearly $24 million this season. Then again, a report earlier this month said that Wade is likely to be bought out by the Bulls sometime in the near future. That part isn't all that wild, but it's far from a sure thing, especially if Wade and the Bulls can't agree on how much Wade should receive if bought out.

Then there's the decision Wade would have to make after clearing waivers. It was pretty clear he wasn't chasing a championship ring when he opted to sign with the Bulls last summer. Who's to say that itch has returned? We already know he'd be welcomed back to Miami, as face-of-the-franchise center Hassan Whiteside said he would.

Going to Cleveland would, of course, put Wade in great position to go chase a fourth NBA title, but it would also put him alongside his good friend James.

There's a lot to break down here, but we know this much: the Bulls have entered rebuilding mode and clearly don't have a use for Wade. But Wade could also be part of a trade in the winter as an expiring contract that nets the Bulls future assets. He's also a heck of a mentor for what will be one of the best young teams in the league. He also puts butts in the United Center seats, which may be more difficult to do than in recent years.