Paxson: Thibodeau rift with Bulls front office is 'a dead issue'

Paxson: Thibodeau rift with Bulls front office is 'a dead issue'
February 27, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Tom Thibodeau's reported rift with the Bulls front office has been a storyline surrounding the organization on and off the last couple of seasons.

But those issues appear to be in the past.

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Thibodeau joined the "Kap and Haugh show" last week and put the drama to bed and Bulls VP of basketball operations John Paxson did the same Thursday.

"To me, it's a dead issue," Paxson told David Kaplan and David Haugh. "With [Bulls GM Gar Forman], it's a dead issue...[Tom] does like our team. When we talk about players with Tom, we're always talking about who fits us and who fits him and those types of things.

"You don't always agree, and that's the nature of the business. One of the funny things is that it just seems like if there is a different opinion between Gar and myself and Tom or anybody else, people want to make more out of it than it is.

"You've worked with people before and you don't always see things the same way. But the bottom line is, at the end of the day, you have to agree that this is the direction we're going and we're all going to go in the same direction together.

"I know there's always going to be things said, but I think we're in a very good position in the relationship. How we communicate between Gar, myself and Tom is really good and we're just going to keep moving forward."

As for Thibodeau's future, rumors have run rampant, linking the former NBA coach of the year to the New York Knicks or other teams outside of Chicago.

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But Paxson and the Bulls aren't worried.

"I don't give a lot of thought to it," Paxson told Kap and Haugh. "We just signed Tom; he's in the first year of a four-year deal.

"He said the other day he wants to be here, which is good. I hope that disspells a lot of the noise that's out there. None of this stuff is coming from us.

"We think he's a terrific coach. Our guys respect him. He's going to be here and that's just the bottom line."