After a summer full of speculation and uncertainty, Bulls GM Gar Forman announced Monday at Bulls Media Day that the team had reached an agreement with head coach Tom Thibodeau. The contract will extend through the 2016-2017 season, though the terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Forman repeatedly said he thinks Thibodeau is “the best coach in the NBA,” and that it was always their intention to bring Thibodeau back for the future.
“The attention to detail on a daily basis in incredible, and then holding guys accountable to what he wants done,” Forman said. “He builds strong relationships with our players, and through those relationships there’s a trust level. And you can see that in how our guys respond to him.”
The 2011 Coach of the Year and 2012 runner-up is entering his third season as the Bulls’ head coach, following two highly successful campaigns with a 112-36 record combined. He holds the highest winning percentage by a coach in NBA history (76%), and became the first NBA coach to reach 100 wins in only 130 games.
At the Berto Center, the defensive-minded Thibodeau let a rare smile slip as he spoke about his contract extension and said, “I’d like to be here forever.”
“I love being here. I never doubted that it wouldn’t work out. This is where I wanted to be,” he said.
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