Sam SpiegelmanBoth the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks were projected to be Eastern Conference contenders. Well, things haven’t gone exactly according to plan.
The teams are a combined 14-27 and both head coaches are rumored to be on the hot seat.
One interesting twist, though, is that Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Knicks coach Mike Woodson. Asked about the possibility of coaching in New York prior to the Bulls’ 83-78 loss, Thibodeau refused to comment.
“I have no comment on any of that stuff,” the coach told the Chicago Sun Times.
“I don’t pay any attention to any of that stuff. To me, the only thing I have to do is concentrate on our team, our next opponent, our improvement and never get away from that. There’s a lot of stuff that gets thrown out there that’s just B.S., so if you pay any attention, it does no good. It takes you away from what’s important, and what’s important right now is our improvement and getting ready for the next game.’’
Obviously Thibodeau was not going to express any interest in coaching another team in the middle of the season.
He, along with University of Kentucky coach John Calipari and ESPN NBA broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy, have been named as potential candidates for the coaching job should Woodson be removed from the position.