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    Tribune: Bulls Part Ways with Lead Assistant Coach Ron Adams (Signs with Celtics)

    By K.C. Johnson
    Tribune reporter
    8:17 p.m. CDT, June 29, 2013


    In a surprising move, a league source said the Bulls will not renew the contract of lead assistant coach Ron Adams, whose deal expires Sunday.

    Adams, in his second stint with the Bulls, returned in 2010 after a successful run as Scott Brooksí lead assistant in Oklahoma City. Adams left the Thunder in part to join longtime friend Tom Thibodeauís first staff and also to live again with his family. It had remained in the Chicago area for school reasons following Adamsí first stint with the Bulls under Scott Skiles.

    According to sources, general manager Gar Forman made the decision, not Thibodeau. Forman informed Adams on Friday.

    Reached Saturday, Forman said the team doesnít comment on personnel matters. Adams also declined comment. A call to Thibodeau wasnít returned.

    The move raised eyebrows within and outside the organization as perhaps the first public indication of tension between Forman and Thibodeau. Though management has final say, head coaches typically are in charge of their staffs and the Bulls have made three straight playoff appearances. Thibodeau, for instance, let go Pete Myers when he first took over, a longtime franchise fixture.

    Adams, who had been working on one-year deals since leaving the Thunder, consistently ranked among leaders in voting for the leagueís top assistants on the annual general managersí poll the NBA releases. Players praised Adams for his developmental work, particularly in improving form and release points on jump shots.

    Sources said Forman objected to Adamsí displeasure with personnel decisions. Other unknown factors obviously could have factored in the decision as well.

    The move also was read by some with ties to the organization as Forman making a power play on Thibodeau, who took his time signing the four-year, $17.5 million extension Forman announced publicly in October 2012. Thibodeau chalked the delay up to lawyer work on both sides plus his focus on the season, but management was puzzled by the drawn-out nature of the saga.

    Publicly, Forman consistently has praised Thibodeau. As recently as Thursday night, Thibodeau complimented Forman and management for their work leading up to the selection of shooters Tony Snell and Erik Murphy in the NBA draft.

    Sources said Adrian Griffin, who interviewed for the Pistonsí coaching job, could be promoted to lead assistant. Itís not certain that Adamsí spot will be replaced on staff. Assistant video coordinator Daisuke Yoshimoto is well-regarded within the organization and league.

    Adams could land back with the Thunder, who have an opening after Maurice Cheeks left to take the Pistonsí top job. Adams also drew interest earlier this offseason from other unknown teams.

    In other coaching news, former Bulls and Celtics fan favorite Brian Scalabrine is close to finalizing a deal to join Mark Jacksonís staff in Golden State.
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    are you ****en kidding me?

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    i know thibs is a defensive mastermind, but Adams is good too. Ever since adams left OKC they have struggled defensively.

    i might be the only one concerned and unhappy about this ****. **** forma if this **** is ****en true. ****

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    croon triple post.

    why cornbread tags?

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    I think the majority of fans will be upset about this.

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    I think the majority of fans won't know who the **** he is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KH12 View Post
    I think the majority of fans won't know who the **** he is.
    My EXACT thoughts.

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    i always thought he looked like hendersen from 24 and pete myers looked like david palmer. and boylan looked like jack bauer. oh well. lets go get scalabrine!!
    Last edited by CubsBullsBucs; 06-30-2013 at 01:50 AM.

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    At least we don't have a Krause-Jackson-Jordan situation...

    Or it's just D.Rose's nature that he remained quite on the internal affairs of this organization. It's a same how FO promote and advertise team chemistry to convince people their doing it for the team. They should be eating their words for not handling this matters. Ron Adams was the best assistant a team can have moving forward.

    Basketball decision? Eat your ****ing **** Gar-Pax-Dorf!

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    This does suck.

    Can we eBay snipe Golden State for Scal?

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    What the heck this makes no sense.

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    Whatever.

    Bulls FO seem to know what they are doing.

    Adams probably just got yappy.

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    I just hope this isn't a powerplay like suggested. Adams is highly regarded around the league and it's odd to make a coaching staff change without the head coach's lead. Hopefully, there's no animosity between management and staff.

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    Curious to know why this happened. Wasn't Adams the one who generally helped players shooting form?

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    That very point is bolded in the article.

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