Was listening to the Carmen, Jurko and Harry show the other day and a good point was raised that I had been recently thinking about. Is Thibs a little bit shortsighted in his approach? What he was doing with Deng, working him like a rented mule, was in my opinion an isolated example but now that we see how he is managing Joakim's minutes I think it's safe to say that it is it starting to become a pattern. To not shut him down short-term is a big mistake and I hope he is not giving into an RG3 like plea from Noah to play.
I think Thibs approach in general is one that focuses on the immediate results and loses sight of the ultimate goal - which is to succeed in the playoffs. If our players are not healthy and/or at a reasonable level of strength/energy come playoff time, the Bulls won't be in the best position to maximize their potential and to play to their strengths, which are out hustling and out-rebounding the other team. Another example of mismanaged minutes was Rose two years ago, who was gassed by the time we met the Heat.
I think this style stems from Thibs extreme competitive nature. And i think he is a proud man. However, even the most athletic players have limits and need timely rest. I freakin love Thibs and think he is likely the second best coach this organization has ever seen. But I would like to see him take a modified page from Pop's play book, trust in his bench (which admittedly is not the best) a little more, even if it means winning less games in the regular season.