Reinsdorf at it again
Being a life long Chicagoan and fan of sports, it’s still hard for me to understand why Chicago sports is run the way it is. With Tom Thibodeau becoming the fastest coach to win 100 games, and doing so with injuries to key players including reigning MVP Derrick Rose, you would think a contract extension would be a non-factor. Unfortunately, as with all things Chicago, it is reported that Coach Thibodeau is upset with the lag in his contract negotiations.
Jerry Reinsdorf is notorious for being cheap when it comes to paying successful players and coaches even though they out perform their contracts. Scottie Pippen never made more than $4 million his entire career with the Bulls, and Michael Jordan only surpassed $4 million his last two years as a Bull. Both as we know were perineal All-Stars, named one of the 50 greatest players ever, won multiple championships, and are Hall-of-Famers. Now I know $4 million is a lot of money, but in comparison to some one like Glen Robinson who made more than $4 million every season except for his first two, you can see why Scottie should be upset. Question is why should it have ever been an issue? The Bulls are not in a small market, nor did they lack in star power or ticket sales so money wasn’t the issue. So what’s the problem?
Whatever is wrong with Jerry Reinsdorf, he needs to fix it and start paying people what they deserve. Coach Thibodeau is winning not by having superior talent, but getting his team to buy into his system. They play for each other and step up in place of injured teammates. Who would have thought that John Lucas III, C.J. Watson, and others would be key factors for any team. Thibodeau has the Bulls in position to win a championship in this shortened baseball-like schedule. If you look at the Lakers and their talented, but dysfunctional team and you will see why Thibodeau is looking at his second Coach of the Year honors. Mr. Reinsdorf don’t repeat the Scottie Pippen situation, when you let him go and let the Bulls go from basketball royalty to bottom feeders. Respect the blessing of having a great coach and do what’s right: PAY THE MAN. The basketball gods may not bless you with another Derrick Rose or the opportunity to hang another championship banner.