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“Bulls players, meanwhile, are hoping Thibodeau's contract status gets worked out sooner than later. "I think that Thibs really changed a lot, the philosophy around here," Joakim Noah said. "I know that without Thibs, we wouldn't be in this position right now. As a player, control what you can control, but if you ask me, I'll go to bat for Thibs any day." That feeling permeated the Bulls' locker room. "He doesn't talk about that stuff, but we need to get him an extension ASAP," Bulls forward Carlos Boozer said. "He wouldn't talk about that stuff, but we know how great he's done for us and what he's meant for our team and the system he's putting us in and the way he's been able to manage (the season). This is a tough season -- 66 games crunched into like four months. "I thought he's been a great manager for us; like baseball, he's done a great job of pushing us when we need to be pushed, of taking his foot off the gas pedal when we need some rest, and our record reflects that. At the same time, he's still teaching us the right things. And obviously, that's the coach we all want to play for til we finish." Boozer didn't sound concerned that Thibodeau might not get the deal he's been seeking. "I wouldn't worry about it if I was y'all," Boozer said. "I'm not worried about it. I don't think he's worried about it." Chicago's reigning MVP doesn't feel that talk of Thibodeau's contract will be a distraction. "I'm not thinking about it," guard Derrick Rose said. "You know me, I feed off positive energy. I'm not worried about it at all. He wants to be here. It has nothing to do with me, that's all the front office. I know they'll get it done. On the whole, Bulls' players don't seem concerned about Thibodeau's situation. They just hope the process will take place soon. "Of course," Bulls forward Luol Deng said. "Not just for me, but for this organization and what he's done. If we don't bring him back, someone is going to take him. He's that good." Deng also noted Thibodeau hasn't discussed his situation openly with the team. "He's not the type of guy who's going to talk to us about it," Deng said. "We're not the type of team (that's) going to talk about it. I think we all want to see him stay here for many years to come. But that's not up to me." Information from ESPN.com senior NBA writer Marc Stein and ESPNChicago.com columnist Melissa Isaacson was used in this report.
I'm not worried about any of that stuff. I'm under contract. I'm fine with everything here.” -- Tom Thibodeau