Thibodeau supports Rivers during Clippers owner controversy
Before Sunday’s Game 4 in Washington, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau had some strong thoughts about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s widely-publicized comments.
One of Thibodeau’s closest allies in the profession is Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, who employed Thibodeau in Boston from 2008-10.
“It’s disappointing and it’s sad and it’s very unfortunate for our league,” Thibodeau said. “Our league has been at the forefront for diversity and equality for everybody so it’s very disappointing. Personally, with my relationship with Doc, I feel badly for him because I know the amount of work that he has put into preparing that team. But I’m also very glad that he’s the guy there that’s running that organization. I think that’s important for our league.”
Thibodeau said he’s exchanged texts with Rivers, but hadn’t yet spoken to him since the news broke. Thibodeau also gave credit to Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.
“We’re fortunate. We have a great owner. I know what he has meant to our team and our organization. I feel he has done the same with the White Sox,” Thibodeau said. “But I think the NBA in general, it’s been at the forefront. I think that’s one of the things that makes our league so great. That part is really disappointing. But as I said, I’m glad Doc is the guy that’s there to handle it. Because he will.”