DEERFIELD—Over the weekend, Bulls general manager Gar Forman decided not to renew the contract of Ron Adams, the top assistant on head coach Tom Thibodeau’s staff.Tuesday at the Berto Center, Forman discussed the decision that could create animosity between he and Thibodeau.
“We want to thank Ron for what he’s brought and wish him the best of luck in the future,” Forman told the Tribune. “We make tens if not hundreds of decisions every year, from free agency to trades to the draft to different personnel within the organization. When we make a decision like this, it doesn’t serve anybody well to go into detail. The decision was made by me because I felt it was best for the Bulls moving forward.”
Though Thibodeau wouldn’t directly comment on the firing of his top lieutenant, he issued the following statement:
“Ron is a great friend, an outstanding coach and I will miss him,” Thibodeau said.
Forman, however, was confident there would be no lasting negativity between he and his head coach, who signed a four-year extension with the Bulls that kicks in next season.
“Tom and I talked about it,” Forman said. “Tom and I communicate on a daily basis. There are times where I may make decisions that Tom doesn’t totally agree with. There may be times where Tom makes decisions that I don’t totally agree with. It’s like that in any business. I’ve got to make decisions that I feel are best for the Bulls. Once a decision is made, we unite and move forward.”