The two most recent predecessors to Tom Thibodeau in the Bulls' coaching seat, Vinny Del Negro and Scott Skiles, both owned homes in Highland Park, not far from the Berto Center in Deerfield. Neither one did very well trying to sell their homes when fired:â†µâ†µ
Thibodeauâ€™s predecessor Vinny Del Negro, who coached from 2008 until 2010, still owns the four-bedroom Highland Park house that he bought in 2008 for $1.2 million and briefly listed last fall for $1.325 million.â†µâ†µâ†µ
â†µAnd Scott Skiles, the Bullsâ€™ coach from 2003 until 2007, paid $1.425 million in 2005 for a 5,596-square-foot Highland Park house that he sold at a loss in 2008 for $1.3265 million.
So perhaps that's the reason, according to the article, that Thibodeau isn't buying, just leasing a home in Highland Park:â†µâ†µ
On July 23, Thibodeau signed another contract to rent the eight-room home, which was built in 2007. It has three full baths, two half baths, one fireplace, a gourmet kitchen, a study, an elevator and a finished lower level.â†µâ†µ
An elevator? A basketball coach needs an elevator in his house? Well, maybe he can use it to transport his players up and down so they don't hit their heads on the ceiling. Or something. Good luck to Thibodeau in his new home, and to his team, too.