"C'mere for a big hug, you All Star Game you!" (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
I had a long and frustrating night at the ladies' prison on Tuesday, so couldn't watch the game.
But the Bulls won (I believe Alex will have a proper recap later today), and it meant that by virtue of having the conference's best record, the Bulls get to force their coach to Orlando for the All-Star game. For his part, after bizarrely brushing off notions of it all week,Tom Thibodeau finally allowed some awareness of the achievement:
It's more a testament to what the team has done, Any time you can participate in something like that, it's an honor.
Sam Smith has more, noting that Thibodeau has actually done this before as an assistant coach. I'm guessing they don't have to talk as much to the media as the head coach does though.
Bulls players joked that Thibodeau might never take Deng out of the game, and Deng said he thought it would be a good idea for Thibodeau to play LeBron James and Dwyane Wade all 48 minutes and practice them hard.
"It's a great honor," Korver said, getting serious. "We have an incredible coaching staff who put in a lot of time and effort. I don't think there is a team out there better prepared for every game. It's very well deserved."
"The whole coaching staff works so hard," added Deng. "Any time you want to go to the gym and get shots up those guys are there for you. I'm happy for them. They deserve it."
CJ Watson went directly to the people to express his gratitude for Thibs and the coaching staff. Joakim Noah had a line wondering about "defensive slides and closeouts" during the ASG's practice time, and got a chance to congratulate Thibs in his very Noah-esque way:
Hey Thibs! Congrats you're going to the (bleeping) All-Star game.
And if you needed further proof that Thibs his insane, the speculation went that he'd rather spend that weekend watching tape on the New Orleans Hornets. Blech.
And on to Derrick Rose. He said stuff about his back...either he feels better, or wants to feel better, or both, or something. This is looking more like an Org. choice, no matter what he says about being the only one who can really decide, so we'll see on when he actually plays next.