DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau dressed for the first practice of the rest of the playoffs in his regular black Adidas sweatsuit, like a mourning Ben Stiller in "The Royal Tenenbaums."
"Chas Tenenbaum" Thibodeau's get-up mirrored the mood of the franchise, the city, and most of the National Basketball Association: Funereal.
The Bulls coach, who is the best coach to be hated by about half his fanbase, was quick to remind everyone that Sunday wasn't a wake. Not for the Bulls and not for Derrick Rose's career. Don't send flowers to the Berto Center. Don't sit shiva for Rose's torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Thibodeau preaches focusing on the present, and he rejects negativity from outside sources, and his team still has a job to do.