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Deteriorating Relationship With Bulls Management At Heart Of Tom Thibodeau Firing

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 29 / 15

The Bulls "fired coach Tom Thibodeau on Thursday" despite two years and roughly $9M remaining on his deal, with GM Gar Forman "citing a need for 'a culture of communication that builds a trust throughout this organization,'" according to Greenstein & Johnson of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Bulls Exec VP...

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