Tom Thibodeau may be difficult to work with, but the Chicago Bulls are doing a better job of turning him into a sympathetic figure than they are of validating themselves for firing a head coach that reached the postseason every year he was in charge.
There are plenty of reasons to believe there was unrest between Thibodeau, the front office, and the Bulls players, but he should have no problem getting a coaching gig elsewhere. In all likelihood, teams didn’t request permission to talk to Thibodeau for the same reason they didn’t offer to give up assets to trade for him — they knew the Bulls would fire him sooner rather than later.
As we have already mentioned, the smear campaign the Bulls are rolling out is an embarrassing look. The team is desperately trying to vilify Thibodeau to justify firing him, and everyone can see right through it.