Former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has now moved on to take over as president and head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. But after spending five seasons in Chicago, he has a bond with many of the players that isn't easily broken.

At the NBA Draft Combine, Thibodeau spoke about the Bulls' disappointing season with Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago. He especially focused on the injury Joakim Noah suffered.

“It was hard to watch from the standpoint of watching Joakim get hurt,” Thibodeau said. “You never want to see that. Having been here, I know how important he is to the team. That part was hard. I think if he didn’t get hurt, it would’ve been a great season for them.”

Thibodeau also commented on his replacement at head coach, Fred Hoiberg, and the status of the entire Eastern Conference:

“The rest of the East, a lot of teams improved a lot. So you have to give a lot of teams in the East credit. I think Fred’s a terrific coach, I think they have a lot of talent and they’ll get it back on track next season.”

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