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Bulls dismiss Thibodeau, strive for new 'culture'

The Chicago Bulls have fired coach Tom Thibodeau, who just finished his fifth season and had two years and $9 million left on his contract.

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Lowe: Rebirth of the NBA post-up game

While the efficiency of the 3-pointer and the pick-and-roll have dominated NBA offenses, an old standard is making a quiet and effective comeback, Zach Lowe writes.

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Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Of note: Back when they were teammates in Dec 2013, LeBron said, "D-Wade getting that Kobe deal." via @WindhorstESPN> http://t.co/vu8D6mhKFD

Wade to test free agency again?

Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat are at an impasse, according to ESPN and multiple reports. While Wade has often indicated he prefers to stay in Miami, he is considering all options, including leaving the team that drafted him 12 years ago.

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SportsNation: Jordan is the greatest

Trail Blazers wing Wes Matthews joined SportsNation to shut down Bill Laimbeer taking LeBron over Michael Jordan: "There's absolutely no questioning the greatness of LeBron ...[But Jordan] was doing it all."

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From 'cooking' to cursed

The rapper called LeBron James “arrogant” and warned that James will be the latest victim of The Based God’s Curse if he fails to acknowledge that Lil B created the “cooking” dance celebration he was doing with his teammates after the Cavs clinched the East title. Shump tries to quash beef

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The LeBron James Grandmothers Fan Club

None of the women in the club are related to the Cavs star, but they’re all dedicated to supporting their favorite son of Akron. "We love him," says club president Alder Chapman, who has 6 grandchildren of her own. 'Feels like one of ours'

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Scottie Pippen @ScottiePippen

Thibs had the Bulls moving in the right direction initially but things changed. A different leader on the sidelines became necessary.

Thibodeau thanks fans, players

"I want to thank, and will deeply miss, our incredible fans and the entire city of Chicago. I also want to thank my staff and all of the talented players and their wonderful families who have honored me and the Bulls by their effort, love, dedication and professionalism."

Tom Thibodeau on Bulls firing

"I appreciate the opportunity that Jerry Reinsdorf gave me. We are proud of our accomplishments, fought through adversity, tried to give our fans the full commitment to excellence they deserve. I love this game and am excited about what's ahead for me with USA Basketball and the next coaching opportunity in the NBA."

How the Warriors enter the Finals

The Golden State Warriors are in the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years. Here's a look back on Game 5 of the Western Conference finals and what the close-out scenario took to get there.

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Los Angeles helps books manage losses

Golden State, which opened at 25-1 for the title, got steady support all year, said Jeff Sherman, oddsmaker for the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. But the SuperBook made plenty of money off, believe it or not, Kobe's team. L.A. fans help books

Bay Area bias in Las Vegas

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, which made Golden State the favorites earlier this month, currently have them at 5-12 odds to win it all, with Cleveland getting 2-1 odds to hoist the trophy next month.

Bulls GM: 'Grow into the future'

Gar Forman said Chicago fired Tom Thibodeau as head coach because it wanted to change the culture to improve the team in the long run: "It is our strong belief that there needs to be a culture of communication that builds a trust throughout this organization."

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Wilbon: Thibs too 'old school'?

ESPN's Michael Wilbon on Tom Thibodeau's firing: "It illustrates what a different direction the league is evolving in. This old school way is now being examined and being held up to the light. There are still some old school coaches in the NBA, but you have this movement afoot and Thibs was not of it." (via SVP and Russillo)

POTUS talks hoops

President Obama chatted with fans about the NBA on Twitter today -- and as a Bulls fan, he's not particularly thrilled about Tom Thibodeau's firing. Check it out

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

The biggest takeaway from Gar/Pax press conference? Thibs, Gar and Pax really, really didn't like each other. In case you still weren't sure

Thibs historically good in Chicago

In just five seasons, Tom Thibodeau established himself as a winner.

A lot has changed since 1975

What the world looked like the last time the Warriors were in the Finals:

  • U.S. president: Gerald R. Ford
  • NBA and ABA hadn't yet merged
  • 3-point shot didn't exist in NBA
  • No players on Cavs or GSW had been born
  • Steve Kerr was 9 years old

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Pax: "There wasn't a point of no return." Says again if Bulls were playing for a title this wouldn't be happening.

Brad Daugherty: Firing Thibs a mistake

"If I was a GM, I would be knocking the door down to get ahold of him."

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A look back: Thibs' era in Chicago

Exploring why Tom Thibodeau's otherwise successful tenure as Bulls coach was marked by a rift with the front office.

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John Paxson: Bulls want championship

"Our whole goal now is to move forward. We probably wouldn't be sitting here if we'd won a championship, that's the truth. But we haven't done that." Coverage on ESPNews

Scottie Pippen @ScottiePippen

I've got confidence in Pax and Gar. They will bring in a new coach who will fit the culture and help the Bulls grow and improve.