Running a successful sports organization is difficult enough when you just have to worry about a team’s athletic performance. Do the Bulls really find it important to add further complication to the task? Yesterday, Bulls GM Gar Forman announced that the team would not renew the contract of Assistant Head Coach Ron Adams. Perplexing to say the least, there are numerous theories reverberating throughout town.
Throughout his successful tenure with the Bulls, it’s no secret that Head Coach Tom Thibodeau and Forman have had their differences. It’s fair to wonder whether Adams’ departure is just a pawn in the leverage game being played between these two parties. In Forman’s news conference, he acknowledged that the two haven’t necessarily agreed any every issue. He also affirmed that he makes the final decision regarding the coaching issue.
This is interesting because most NBA franchises allow the head coach the privilege of hiring and maintaining his own staff. This is even more interesting considering the Bulls’ successes and Adams’ strong relationship with Derrick Rose. Something smells.
In a player-run league, Forman is essentially telling Derrick and Thibs that he’s the boss. By siding with Derrick the entire season, Thibs clearly didn’t do the Bulls’ GM any public relations favors. By completing dismissing the Bulls’ rehab program, Rose essentially disgraced and humiliated the guy who handed him a boatload of money. Thibs, not wanting to alienate the face of the franchise, put up the persona that Rose deserved the right to determine his own recovery schedule.
We’ve got a captain in Forman who wants to portray the image of running a tight ship. Problem is, key passengers of this ship aren’t currently on board. The fact remains- this is a player-ran league. For the Bulls to ultimately succeed, the superstar has to be happy and the off-court side-show needs to end. Forman needs to put his pride behind him and limit any distractions.
At the end of the day, Thibs and Rose are your two most valuable assets. While they both have made mistakes, it’s important that the Bulls put this whole mess in the rear-view mirror. Otherwise, it will only continue to get worse and surely affect the on-court performance of the team.
Something else of note: Paxson and Del Negro reportedly got into physical altercations during their tumultuous relationship working together for the Bulls. They must be putting something in the water in the Bulls’ front office. Personally, I believe that either these two cannot co-exist in the long run. Whether it’s Thibs or Gar, somebody’s gonna go.
Call me a pessimist, but I think this puppy’s just getting started.