Thibs’ decision making is questionable

By Matt Hopkinson

Many Chicagoans experienced what is usually the signs of a heart attack, in an upset stomach, chest pains, and an impending sense on Saturday.

Now, there may have been someone out there having a heart attack, but for the majority of the victims, they had witnessed Derrick Rose go down in a heap, as did the chances of the Chicago Bulls championship hopes.

While this can easily be labeled, stocked and shelved as a freak occurrence, that it could have happened at any point in time, or that it’s bound to happen due to his style of play, I don’t believe those are the primary causes. If you subscribe to those theories, you must, by default, subscribe to the fact that it was an avoidable occurrence, at least in this game.

For that, the blame must be lain on the coach: Tom Thibodeau. I know all the Bulls players have since taken Thibodeau’s side, and many so called experts agree that it’s not his fault.

However, Thibodeau has been criticized in the past for playing players too many minutes in general, and for not taking his players out when the game is obviously in hand. This is reminiscent of coaches at lower levels milking the best players until those players either get fed up with the coach, or get pushed beyond their healthy threshold of performance.

This year, of all years given it’s been a compressed, maddening schedule, he has continued his same rotations. Thibodeau has avoided a lot of criticism and perhaps avoided his team tuning out his dogged demands for perfection, because they have won at such a high pace. While Thibodeau shows his genius in basketball X’s and O’s daily, his common sense seems to be lacking.

Thibodeau said Rose needed to be on the court; it was a necessity. The numbers of the game would obviously contradict his theory.

The score when Rose went down had the Bulls up by 12. The score after he got injured and his replacement player finished the game, well, the Bulls won by 12.

I love basketball ingenuity as much as the next fan. However, what I don’t appreciate is a man who sees basketball as a series of processes and schemes and fails to see the human aspect of what is at hand, and that, has already cost us one championship shot.

Unfortunately, history is inclined to repeat itself.