The lack of a contract extension for Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau made for a convenient storyline on Friday, but no one seemed to take it seriously.
Thibodeau laughed when asked if he'd read an espn.com report claiming he was dismayed by the lack of an extension. Thibodeau originally signed a modest two-year deal in 2010 and the Bulls have an option for next season.
"I don't know where that's coming from and I'm not worried about any of that," Thibodeau said after Friday's win over Detroit. "I'm under contract. I'm fine with everything here."
Inside the locker room, Luol Deng also laughed when the story was mentioned.
"I didn't even know his situation," Deng said after being asked if the players talk about the situation. "He's not the type of guy who's going to talk to us about it. We're not the type of team we're going to talk about it. We all want him to stay here for many years to come."
As reporters dispersed, Deng continued to joke about it, asking, "What do you think I'm going to say?"
Well, it would make things interesting if the answer had been, "You know, I've always thought Rick Brunson would make an excellent head coach." No such luck.
Anyway, it's possible people in Thibodeau's camp -- especially those who stand to make a commission -- are perplexed by the lack of action. But Thibodeau lives to look forward only to the next game, so it's hard to believe it's on his mind.
Veteran Bulls fans have been through this before. Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf believes in a thorough negotiation and went through plenty of adventures before re-signing Phil Jackson and Scott Skiles in the past.
Thibodeau will coach the Bulls next season and probably double his salary. It's just a matter of time before it's official.