Thibodeau named Coach of the Year


Thibodeau named Coach of the Year

Sunday, May 1, 2011
Posted: 12:02 p.m.
By Aggrey Sam

With the news that the Bulls will hold a major press conference 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Berto Center, it was announced that Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau won the NBAs Coach of the Year award, as first reported by the Chicago Tribune.

It is expected that Derrick Rose will be announced as the leagues Most Valuable Player Tuesday.

Thibodeau, in his first year as a head coach in the league after 20 years as an assistant coachincluding stops in Minnesota, San Antonio, New York, Houston and Boston, where he won a championship in 2008led the Bulls to a 62-20 regular-season mark, good enough for the best record in the league and home-court advantage throughout the postseason.

The Connecticut native, 53, implemented a defensive-oriented style and brought the best out of players like Rose and Luol Deng this season, brushing aside individual accolades thrown his way all season.

The Bulls, currently in the Eastern Conference semifinals, host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of that series Monday evening at the United Center. Thibodeau would likely be presented with the award prior to that game.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Teddy Bridgewater too expensive for the Bears?


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Bulls coach Jim Boylen stumps for Rudy Tomjanovich's Hall of Fame bid

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Bulls coach Jim Boylen stumps for Rudy Tomjanovich's Hall of Fame bid

In case you forgot, Jim Boylen once worked for Rudy Tomjanovich. In fact, the former Rockets coach gave Boylen his NBA start, hiring him as an assistant coach and video coordinator way back in 1992.

Boylen saw first-hand the coaching chops and commitment Tomjanovich displayed as the Rockets won back-to-back NBA titles while Michael Jordan was playing baseball in the mid-1990s. So it's beyond loyalty when Boylen says he believes, like many others, that Tomjanovich belongs in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The organization named Tomjanovich a finalist over All-Star weekend in Chicago.

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"He's deserving," Boylen said. "I don't know why he's not in there yet. It doesn't make sense to me. Two championships, a gold medal."

That's a reference to Tomjanovich coaching USA Basketball's gold-medal winning team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Tomjanovich is an occasional visitor to the Advocate Center to watch Boylen.

"What he did with those Rockets teams and his playoff games — sixth seed in '95 — nobody's duplicated that. To win it from the sixth seed, play on the road like we did," Boylen said. "He has an unbelievable record in elimination games, which I think is a true test of your coaching and being able to communicate your message. I think he's getting in."

Does Boylen possess inside information?

"No," Boylen said, smiling. "He's due."

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