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Bulls’ Thibodeau takes stand against Sterling
WASHINGTON – One day after staying clear of the Donald Sterling controversy because he first “wanted to hear what was said,’’ Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau didn’t hold back on Sunday.
Sterling, who owns the Los Angeles Clippers, has been the eye of the storm since TMZ releases an alleged tape of Sterling making racist comments to his girlfriend V. Stiviano.
“It’s disappointing and it’s sad and it’s very unfortunate for our league,’’ Thibodeau said. “Our league has been at the forefront for diversity and equality for everybody so it’s very disappointing.
“Personally, with my relationship with [Clippers coach] Doc [Rivers], I feel badly for him because I know the amount of work that he has put into preparing that team. But I’m also very glad that he’s the guy there that’s running that organization. I think that’s important for our league.’’
Thibodeau said that he had texted back and forth with Rivers, and planned to talk to him soon.
He was also asked about the owner he works for in Jerry Reinsdorf, who has been on the forefront of minority hires, both with the Bulls and the White Sox.
“We’re fortunate,’’ Thibodeau said. “We have a great owner. I know what he has meant to our team and our organization. I feel he has done the same with the White Sox. But I think the NBA in general, it’s been at the forefront. I think that’s one of the things that makes our league so great. That part is really disappointing. But as I said, I’m glad Doc is the guy that’s there to handle it. Because he will.’’