Skokie, IL — There’s a new suitor for Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.
The Hawks, a team that plays in a local youth league in Skokie, a northern suburb of Chicago, is currently looking for a new coach to take over the team this summer. The team is coming off a season in which it finished in sixth place in a six-team league and feels Thibodeau is the perfect candidate to turn the team’s fortunes around.
“I coached the team last year,” said Ed Reynolds, whose 11-year old son Jack plays point guard on the team. “But between my full-time job and just being a father to three other children, I don’t have the time I need to truly turn this rag-tag group of kids around. The talent is there, they just need someone to mold it, and I believe Tom Thibodeau could do just that.”
Thibodeau currently has three years remaining on a recently signed contract with the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, but there has been a lot of speculation about his future with the team over the last year due to a perceived rift between him and the Bulls front office. At various times over the last 12 months Thibodeau has been linked to jobs with the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies.
It’s an unusual situation for a coach to be traded to another team, but last summer the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers pulled off a swap that saw Doc Rivers leave Boston to take over in Los Angeles. Now other teams seem interested in pulling off a similar deal.
“If Doc Rivers could give up a Boston Celtics team where he won an NBA title to take over a franchise as historically bad as the Clippers, surely Tom Thibodeau would be willing to leave a Bulls team where he hasn’t won for a chance to in the Skokie Youth League championship,” said Reynolds.
“Plus, wouldn’t he want to leave behind all the giant egos of NBA superstars to mold the young impressionable minds of tomorrow’s giant egos?”
The problem, Reynolds admits, is that he’s not sure what he could offer the Bulls in a trade.
“We do have the first pick in the draft this summer after coming in sixth last season, so we could trade the Bulls that draft pick. If they’ve been willing to wait on European players like Toni Kukoc and Nikola Mirotic, they should be willing to wait for a 10-year old with unlimited potential.”
Reynolds says he has called Bulls general manager Gar Forman and left several messages, but is still waiting for his calls to be returned.
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