Tom Thibodeau does not appear to care about how his evident affinity for his former Chicago Bulls players has reshaped the Minnesota Timberwolves’ roster over the past two seasons has inspired the “TimberBulls” moniker. Actually, Thibodeau is not amused by it whatsoever.

“People are always going to talk about different things,” Thibodeau said this week at theNational Basketball Coaches Association’s annual coaches meeting, via “But these aren’t decisions that are just made on a whim.”

Thibodeau already had a Wolves roster boasting former Bulls Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose during the 2017-18 season. Thibs, who serves as Wolves head coach as well as the organization’s president of basketball operations, made it four former ex-Bulls with last week’s signing of Luol Deng.

Thibodeau defended the Deng signing as a sound basketball decision, although one other component helped things along.