Chicago Bulls fire head coach Tom Thibodeau

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman announced Thursday that Tom Thibodeau will not be retained as the team’s head coach.

Following 21 years in the NBA as an assistant coach (he was an advance scout in 1991-92), Chicago named Thibodeau the team’s head coach on June 23, 2010. During his five seasons at the helm of the Bulls, Thibodeau’s teams compiled an overall record of 255-139 (.647). The Bulls advanced to the playoffs five times during Thibodeau’s tenure, where he posted a postseason record of 23-28 (.451).

Bulls General Manager Gar Forman and vice president of basketball operations John Paxson addressed the decision in a news conference at the United Center, with Forman saying the team needed "a culture where everybody is pulling in the same direction."

"When that culture is sacrificed, it becomes extremely difficult to evolve and to grow," Forman said. "Today's decision was about giving this team an opportunity to grow into the future."

President Barack Obama even weighed in on the firing on his Twitter account (@POTUS), tweeting: "love thibs and think he did a great job. Sorry to see him go but expect he will be snatched up soon by another team."

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