The list of "candidates" Pax is interviewing for coach is kind of a joke. Anyone else remember Chuck Person punting a ball into the upper deck of the old Stadium after getting kicked out of a Bulls-Pacers game? And now he's a serious coaching candidate?
I'm sure Pax is just waiting for the playoffs to be over so he can make a run at Tom Thibodeau. All we know about him right now is his reputation as a "defensive guru", which may be justified. But what about the other half of the game--you know, offense? Here's where I get worried.
Look at Thibodeau's resume. He started out in the NBA working for Bill Musselman in Minnesota, then (after some time in Seattle and San Antonio) spent five years as an assistant in NY under Jeff Van Gundy, followed by two more years with JVG in Houston, before going to Boston before last season.
So, in other words, Thibodeau was responsible for some of the most ugly, boring, and downright unwatchable basketball in the NBA's last 25 years. Those late '90's Knicks teams were an abomination, and JVG's Houston teams weren't any more entertaining. JVG exemplifies the worst type of control-freak coach who would rather lose a game 79-78 than win 120-118.
Yes, JVG has been a relatively successful coach--though he's infinitely better as a commentator. But there's no way I want him as head coach of the Bulls, and a guy who spent 7 years as his assistant is almost certainly going to coach the same way--especially since the Bulls don't have anywhere near the level of talent the Celtics have this season on the offensive end. If Thibodeau's the coach, expect lots of scores in the 70's, and get used to watching Derrick Rose walk the ball up the court and look at Thibodeau on every posession to see what play to run.