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Thibs talks Lovie: 'It's sad'

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chi-chicago-bears-fire-coach-lovie-smith-2012.jpgTom Thibodeau knows that one day his name will be part of the daily sports transaction wire. Whether it is his firing or him simply walking away.
"The nature of the beast, I guess,'' the Bulls head coach said on Monday afternoon.
The latest to fall victim to that "beast'' was Bears head coach Lovie Smith. And while Thibodeau never met Smith since taking over as Bulls coach three years ago, he knew of Smith's reputation.
"I watched him from afar and think he's a great coach,'' Thibodeau said. "I'm saddened to hear it. He had a great run. You know, 10-6 [record this year], I thought they got the most out of the team. It's the unfortunate part of the business and you hate to see it.
"[Boston Celtics coach] Doc Rivers knows Lovie and has always spoken highly of him. I watched their teams play, they always played hard. It's sad.''
Smith isn't the first head coach Thibodeau has been asked to comment on, just the latest. And the first firing not NBA related this season.
Thibodeau talked freely about Mike Brown being canned from the Lakers just a few weeks into the season, and more recently Avery Johnson being let go by the Nets. Both hit him, especially Johnson, who Thibodeau coached at one point in his career.
The news that Smith was fired on Monday morning was just another reminder of how fragile these jobs really are.
"Yeah, it's pro sports, it's unfortunate,'' Thibodeau added. "Lovie has proven to be a terrific coach and he seems like a great guy, so you hate to see anyone lose their job.''

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