Tom Thibodeau is a man of his word.

Following Wednesday’s shocking 121-79 defeat at the hands of lowly Sacramento, the Bulls head coach pledged that he would drive his team harder and after Thursday afternoon’s practice at Oracle Arena, it appeared that he made good on his promise.

“Meeting, practice, got back to work,” Thibodeau stated, when asked about what occurred during the session. “[The players responded] good, and that’s what we have to do. We’ve got to go step-by-step. We can’t do shortcuts, everyone’s got to do their job. We’ve got to come in, we’ve got to have the right edge about us. The answer’s in the room and if we put the work in, we’ll improve.

“We’ve got to get an edge back to us, so we’ve got to work. The answer is simple. And the work is hard. If we put the proper amount of work in, the intensity will be right. And that’s what we’ve got to get back to,” he added. “You have to combine great concentration with maximum effort and that’s how you become intense, and so, if you’re short-cutting any one of those areas, you’re not going to have the intensity that’s necessary to maintain a high level of intensity throughout a game, throughout a season. So, you have to back that up. You have to look at, ‘Are we putting the proper amount each and every day?’ It’s both mental and physical, so we have to get that part corrected and we have to get an edge about us. You have to do that day after day. You can’t get bored with the grind of the season. You’ve got to work through a season.”