Well Well, the Bulls kicked off their 2012 Media Day with a bang by signing Head Coach Tom Thibodeau to a four-year contract extension. Get ‘um Thibs!
Coach Thibodeau became the Bulls head coach in June of 2010 and made himself a presence in the NBA quickly by tying the record of most wins for a rookie coach and becoming the 2010-2011 NBA Coach of the Year (he was second runner up in 2012 too). Thibs didn’t stop there. He led the Bulls to another top record in the Eastern Conference in 2012 (before the injury bug brutally demolished all hopes of playoff advancement) and he became the fastest coach in NBA history to reach 100 career wins and did it within 130 games!
I agree with Derrick Rose, Coach Tom Thibodeau is someone the Bulls need to keep around for a while. Congrats Thibs, we’re happy to have you for four more years!
It looks as though I stand corrected. DePaul University has switched gears and is now considering moving their men’s basketball home games to the United Center instead of the All State Arena in Rosemont, reported the Chicago Tribune on Monday. Back in March the reports were saying DePaul president Reverend Dennis Holtschneider wanted to build an arena in Chicago specifically dedicated to the Blue Demons, but now it looks like DePaulians will be sharing a house with the Bulls and Blackhawks.
It’s definitely time for a change. The bus ride from Lincoln Park down to Rosemont in weekday rush hour traffic is pee-your-pants kind of tragic. DePaul has played at the arena in Rosemont for the past 30 years – it’s since gone through some name changes Rosemont Horizon and currently the AllState Arena.
Here are a few things to consider:
- The United Center is closest to UIC’s campus – definitely not DePaul in Lincoln Park.
- There isn’t a direct CTA bus/L route from LP to the UC. I’m sure students will get bussed, but driving through city traffic can be just as rough as traffic on the expressway. The United Center is most accessible from the Loop on the lovely express Madison bus.
- DePaul fans barely filled up the All State – we’re going to look pathetic at the massive UC unless we significantly build up our fan base – maybe get a team with a winning record.
- Playing at the United Center has a prestigious aura since players like Derrick Rose and Michael Jordan have played/are playing on the very same court. It may very well be an excellent recruiting tool!
So all in all, we will see. More to come soon!