On Saturday, I did a post in the Chicago Tribune about Van Gundy’s comments during Friday’s Bulls-Dallas game.
Jeff Van Gundy came down on the media Friday, claiming some members “are in the hip pocket” with Bulls management. He alleges the Bulls are leaking stories to “undermine” Tom Thibodeau.
Van Gundy’s comments came in a strongly-worded defense of the Bulls coach during ESPN’s telecast of the Bulls-Dallas game. Thibodeau was a former assistant coach for Van Gundy and they are close friends.
“I read every Chicago story,” Van Gundy said. “There is no doubt the Bulls organization has the media, with a few exceptions, in their hip pocket. For whatever reasons, they have set their sights on Thibodeau when all he’s done is deliver greatness in his five years (as the Bulls head coach).”
Bulls exec John Paxson fired back Sunday. K.C. Johnson reports in the Chicago Tribune:
“Tom Thibodeau isn’t being undermined at all,” said John Paxson, executive vice president of basketball operations. “What’s being undermined is the entire Bulls organization by Van Gundy, who has an agenda against our organization for whatever reason and has for years. I guess he thinks he’s trying to protect his friend, but he’s doing just the opposite. It’s pretty pathetic when you think about it, and truth be told he owes Jerry Reinsdorf an apology for his disparaging remarks.”
It will be interesting to watch Van Gundy’s next Bulls game.