Thibs: Clippers' situation 'disappointing'

WASHINGTON -- Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau called the Donald Sterling situation 'disappointing', but is happy and proud that his close friend Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers is the man in charge of the basketball side of the organization.

"It's disappointing and it's sad," Thibodeau said before the Bulls faced off against the Washington Wizards in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Sunday. "And it's very unfortunate for our league. Our league has been at the forefront for diversity and equality for everybody so it's very disappointing. Personally with my relationship with Doc (Rivers) I feel badly for him because I know the amount of work he's put into preparing that team. But I'm also very glad that he's the guy there running that organization. I think that's important for our league."

Thibodeau said he's been texting with Rivers in the last couple days and will be talking to him "shortly."

Thibodeau spoke highly of Bulls and Chicago White Sox owner, Jerry Reinsdorf.

"I think we're fortunate we have a great owner," he said. "I know what he's meant to our team and our organization and I feel he's done the same with the White Sox.

"So [the Clippers' situation] is really disappointing but as I said, I'm glad Doc is the guy that's there to handle it -- because he will."