Thibs couldn't get it done in playoffs
Tom Thibodeau had a 23-28 record in the playoffs with the Bulls. That .451 win percentage ranked 15th among all active coaches.
Tom Thibodeau 5-year Bulls bio
- 255-139, .647 win pct.
- 3rd most wins in franchise history
- 1st or 2nd every year in Central Division
- 2010-11 NBA Coach of the Year
Statement from Bulls GM on coach firing
Said Gar Forman: "When Tom [Thibodeau] was hired in 2010, he was right for our team and system at that time, and over the last five years we have had some success with Tom as our head coach. But as we looked ahead and evaluated how we as a team and an organization could continue to grow and improve, we believed a change in approach was needed."
Bulls looking for new identity
The Bulls were known for the defense under Tom Thibodeau. Bulls GM Gar Forman: "But as we looked ahead and evaluated how we as a team and an organization could continue to grow and improve, we believed a change in approach was needed."
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Bill Laimbeer picks LeBron over Jordan
"There's no question that I would take LeBron James. ... I mean, Michael Jordan could score and make big shots and look spectacular at times with wild flying dunks, but ... LeBron can get you 15 assists if he chooses to or he can score 50 if he wanted to." (via Dan Patrick show)
OTD: Larry Bird wins 3rd straight MVP
On this date in 1986, Larry Legend became just the third player to achieve the feat (Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain). Eleven days later, he would lead Boston to an NBA championship over Houston.
Hard to topple the MVP in the Finals
This is the 31st instance that a player won the MVP award and then went on to make the NBA Finals that same season. They are 22-8 in those series.
Warriors can't rely on same formula
J.A. Adande writes that in fairy tales, the magical ride ends with a parade. But in Golden State's reality, it still has to face the big bad wolf. Room to improve
Can Barnes be a LeBron-stopper?
Brad Daugherty predicts that Harrison Barnes will be the Warriors' best option to defend LeBron James in the NBA Finals.
LeBron's had quite a half-decade
Lebron James will become the third player to play in both the NBA Finals and All-Star Game in five consecutive seasons. The other two are Celtics legends: Bill Russell and Bob Cousy.
Mychal Thompson: Klay was 'woozy'
Klay Thompson's father told Mike & Mike that his son threw up a couple times after being hit in the head in Wednesday's Game 5. But the long break before the Finals will help with his concussion symptoms.
Time off will benefit Cavs and Warriors
Marc Stein said the long rest before the NBA Finals will give all players time to heal various injuries -- and provide time for Golden State to figure out how to deal with LeBron James.
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Either David Blatt or Steve Kerr will become the first rookie coach to win the NBA title since Pat Riley in 1982.
A lot has changed since 1975
What the world looked like the last time the Warriors were in the Finals:
- U.S. president: Gerald R. Ford
- NBA and ABA had not yet merged
- 3-point shot did not exist in NBA
- No player on the Cavs or GSW had been born
- Steve Kerr was 9 years old
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It's important to note that James Jones is also making his 5th straight NBA Finals appearance but did not actually play in the 2011 Finals.