Thibodeau named ‘Coach of the Year’
The Chicago Bulls with new coach Tom Thibodeau have taken the NBA by storm this season! He was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year, yesterday, after posting 62 wins in his first season as head coach, which ties the league record set by Paul Westpaul. Thibodeau worked the last three years under Boston Celtics champion coach Doc Rivers, so its no wonder he got skills. Read the excerpt, courtesy foxsports:
”After being here for a year, I realize how fortunate I am to be here,” Thibodeau said. ”It’s a great city, great fans, great organization, great players, and if it meant waiting 20 years to get this job, it was well worth the wait.”
Center Joakim Noah said Thibodeau was ”very well deserving” of the award and called him ”one of the hardest workers I’ve ever been around.
”He stays in late,” Noah added. ”He’s the first one here. He was there for me all summer working me out. I felt like I really improved as a player because of him.”
Thibodeau received 475 points and 76 first-place votes from a media panel. Philadelphia’s Doug Collins got 18 first-place votes and 210 points, and Gregg Popovich of San Antonio finished third.
An NBA assistant for about two decades, Thibodeau finally got his chance to lead a team after spending three seasons working for Doc Rivers in Boston. He is the fourth Chicago coach to win the award, joining Johnny Kerr (1967), Dick Motta (1971) and Phil Jackson (1996).
”I think I was very fortunate to have great jobs along the way, to be with great teams,” he [Thibodeau]said. ”I always felt deep down that it would happen. I never doubted that it would happen. I knew I had to be patient. I recognized that these jobs were hard to get, and I was hopeful that I would get a chance. Then, I wanted to make the most of it.”