Evans Clinchy
Sunday April 1st, 2012

Tom Thibodeau has been one of the best head coaches in the NBA the last two seasons -- if not the best. And apparently now his players are taking notice, as ESPN Chicago reports that the Bulls are pushing hard for Thibs to get a contract extension in the Windy City.

"He doesn't talk about that stuff, but we need to get him an extension ASAP," 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]."

Thibodeau publicly has insisted that he's fine with his current contract status despite his uncertain future after this season. But sources have told ESPN's Marc Stein that the coach is "dismayed" he hasn't been granted more job security than his current two-year deal.

"I think that Thibs really changed a lot, the philosophy around here," said Joakim Noah, echoing Boozer's support for the coach. "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." Thibodeau, a longtime assistant most recently with the Boston Celtics, took over as the Bulls' head coach in 2010. He's promptly led the Bulls to the NBA's best record two years running -- 62-20 last season and 42-11 so far this year -- and won one Coach of the Year award. He's a leading contender to win it again.

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