Fire Thibodeau? Are Bulls Fans Absolutely Fucking Nuts?
Bulls fans, I'm going to explain something, and you're going to have to take my word for it that I am absolutely 100% correct. Tom Thibodeau is not responsible for Derrick Rose's ACL tear. Do you know who or what is responsible? Nobody. There is no reason for it. There is no one to blame. This isn't the Iraq war or the financial crisis, caused by real villains who left behind a paper trail of their heinous acts for us to weigh and examine and dole out the appropriate condemnation. This was a freak accident, a ligament that snapped during a routine jump stop. Yes, it happened late in the game with the Bulls leading by 12; it could've just as likely happened during the third quarter with the lead at 5, or during the first quarter of Game Two with the Bulls trailing by 2.
Bulls fans, I know it's comforting to think that all of life's contingencies can be managed or controlled, that all of its risk can be identified and avoided. I am here to tell you that such thinking is false, and that it is desperate and childish and profoundly wrong-headed to think that it could ever be true. Sure, it would be swell to think that if only we had the Phoenix Suns' training staff, this terrible injury would not have occurred. But the Phoenix Suns training staff, though markedly better than most staffs, are not omnipotent. You see it on bumper stickers everywhere because it's true: Shit Happens.*
Meanwhile, the coach whose head people are calling for has almost literally given his life to basketball and this Bulls team. That which he has been able to control, he has controlled, masterfully, indeed more so than any other head coach in the NBA over the past two years. Chicago almost certainly won't win a title now, but they STILL have an excellent chance of knocking off the Sixers, and the hated Celtics in the next round, because they have a head coach who has helped them play the best defense in the NBA over the past two years. If Bulls fans want to throw that away because of an accident he had absolutely nothing to do with, well, then they'll deserve what comes next, which I can guarantee won't be anywhere near as excellent.
*It might also be worth keeping this injury in perspective. One way to do so is to Google "Chicago 2012 toddler shot." Shit, this wasn't the worst thing to befall a child of Englewood in the past two weeks. Not even close.