Former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau made his first public comments since getting fired by the team last week, and Thibodeau emphasized that he has “no regrets” about his time in Chicago.
Speaking on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike, Thibodeau acknowledged that there were problems with the front office, but he didn’t want to delve into them (via ESPN Chicago):
“Obviously, there were some issues, and I don’t want to get into all that,” Thibodeau said. “I’m very proud of what the team did. … I think any time when you have a pro franchise, there’s going to be some carping that goes on along the way.”
Bulls management took a few parting shots at Thibodeau, with owner Jerry Reinsdorf including a long, aggressive statement in the press release announcing the firing of the coach. The comments didn’t really bother Thibs:
“I don’t worry about stuff like that,” Thibodeau said. “I know for me, I put everything I have into each and every day. So I have no regrets. I’m going to let the record speak for itself.”
Thibodeau preferred to focus on the positive aspects about his tenure and how he’s ready to take the lessons he learned in Chicago and move on. He’ll likely get another head coaching job at some point, while the Bulls are excited about Fred Hoiberg.