Eager to finally do something right on draft night, the Bulls dealt All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the seventh pick, which was used to select some tall dude from Finland. Bulls VP of basketball operations John Paxson explained the move to reporters, saying fans "no longer had a reason to care" about the team for a while.
Sources say Bulls GM John Paxson is set to name Iowa State's Fred Hoibery as the team's new coach they'll fire in three to five years, replacing the hugely successful Tom Thibodeau, who was bounced after five seasons of .600-plus basketball.
“Dave [Broome] and I were sitting around wondering if we’d ever get someone to push the contestants to the limit like Jillian [Michaels]. The show hasn't been the same since she left and we needed a bulldozer. Dave threw out Coach Thibs' name and we both stopped and knew we had to have him. Once the season was over we hired him immediately,” said NBC executive producer, Ben Silverman.
More bad news happened today for the Chicago Bulls as Jimmy Butler will be out for 3-6 weeks after spraining his left elbow. However it was another issue at the Advocate Center that drew the ire of Bulls coach, Tom Thibodeau.
ESPN The Magazine published its annual Body Issue today without Chicago's coach. Thibodeau, who posed for the magazine, was excited to show the world more than just his x's and o's. However, Paxson and Forman demanded ESPN delete the photos from the final edition.
"There have been several reports that I’ve gone missing,” the longtime NBA sharpshooter said from the Berto Center. “When the Chicago Police Department did a well-being check on me and after my wife, while grocery shopping, saw my picture on a milk carton, I thought it was about time I say something.”
In a shocking development leading up to yesterday's NBA lottery, Bulls VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson apparently tried to tamper with the draft order to get the top pick.